Knee Surgery - Kulvinder

Objective

Intensive pre and post knee surgery rehabilitation

Background

Thirty year-old Kulvinder, a professional wrestler, sustained a serious knee injury during a match in May 2014. The knee dislocated causing multiligament damage and a lateral plateau fracture.

Programme

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Water Temperature: 31˚C
  • Speed: 1.0 kph, gradually increased to 7.0 kph
  • Depth: 1000 mm
  • Resistance Jets: Not activated
  • Direction: Forwards, backwards and sideways
  • Number of Sessions: 20 pre-op and 20 post-op

Outcomes

Surgery to reconstruct Kulvinder's knee was postponed for two months to allow the ligaments to repair themselves as much as possible. He came to H2O Physio for an intensive 10-day programme to prepare for surgery. The aim was to strengthen the supporting muscles, improve flexibility and reduce the swelling, all of which would help him to recover from the operation much quicker.

Twice daily Kulvinder walked in the Underwater Treadmill, performing prescribed knee exercises, then continued with land-based training in the Rehab Gym and rounded off his session with the cold and compression cuff, to reduce any inflammation.

On his return, the consultant commented on the "exceptional physiotherapy" he had undergone and confirmed that the posterior crutiate ligament (PCL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL) were fully repaired. The medial collateral ligament (MCL) had repaired itself but was slightly loose and required surgery, along with a new donor anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

After surgery, Kulvinder returned to H2O Physio for an intensive 10-day rehabilitation programme. He progressed to walking without crutches and reducing his limp, fast-tracking his road to recovery.

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