Reducing Your Risk Of Injury While Recovering From Knee Surgery

You may see your upcoming knee surgery as a way to finally relieve yourself of the pain or discomfort you've been feeling. However, getting around after knee surgery can pose some risks, and a slip or fall could set back your recovery by weeks or even cause further injuries. It's important to do all you can to protect your health and safety while recovering to minimize the risk of complications. Read on to learn more about reducing your risk of injury while you recover from knee surgery.

Don't Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Being dependent on others while recovering from surgery can be stressful, and you may be tempted to push yourself toward more independence sooner than you're ready. Don't be afraid to ask for (and accept) help after your recovery, whether this means having friends prepare easy-to-reheat meals, do your grocery shopping, or even shuttle your kids to and from activities. By focusing your energy on recovering, you'll be in a better position to resume these activities in just a few weeks.

Invest in Ergonomic Crutches

Once you've been given the "all clear" to use crutches to get around, you'll be much more independent and may even be able to go back to work. But traditional crutches tend to put a lot of weight on your underarms, and extended use can sometimes lead to other joint or orthopedic problems. Instead, you may want to invest in a set of ergonomic crutches, which are designed to ensure your forearms, rather than your underarms, carry much of the weight of your leg. 

Because these crutches also help you consistently pitch your weight slightly forward, rather than angling you back and forth like a see-saw, they also pose less of a tripping or slipping risk than traditional crutches. This can be especially useful if you're going to be doing much walking outside, as rain, snow, ice, and other precipitation can be risky for crutch users. 

Determine Your Need for Assistive Devices

You may be reluctant to invest in things like shower stools, grip bars, and other assistive devices if your recovery is only scheduled to take a few weeks. But often, you'll be able to rent these types of devices from a medical supply company for a much lower cost than purchasing them outright. If you live alone or aren't going to have 24/7 assistance, renting some of this equipment may be a good idea. 

Reach out to a clinic like Clinic of Distinctive Therapy for more help.