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A Knee and Hip Replacement Kit for You

A Knee and Hip Replacement Kit for You

Joint replacement surgery is becoming very common. Once you have had this surgery, your rehab journey has just begun. Doctors and therapists encourage patients to get up and move as soon as possible after knee or hip replacement surgery. While this can get you back on your feet sooner, it is a matter of walking before you can run. During your time rehabbing until you are 100%, you may need some assistance in performing daily tasks. Health Products for You has developed a great knee and hip replacement kit that checks a lot of the boxes you may need.

What to Expect after Joint Replacement Surgery?

With joint replacement surgeries becoming more and more common, understanding what to expect directly after your surgery may help you see the path ahead of you when it comes to rehabilitating your knee or hip. Doctors and therapists now like to get their patients up and about as soon as possible. The need for knee and hip replacement surgery can be varying and differ from patient to patient. The main cause for joint replacement surgery is relief from the pain associated with severe arthritis or osteoarthritis. This is a chronic condition that occurs when cartilage in the joint breaks down, causing pain. This condition affects approximately 3%-4% of the population worldwide and accounts for a large amount of joint replacement surgeries. The Mayo Clinic reports that in 2014 an estimated 4.7 million Americans have had knee replacement surgery. The four stages of osteoarthritis are:

  • Stage I: Patients experience minor wear and tear in their joints and typically feel little to no pain in the affected area. Supplements and a change in your exercise routine may be suggested.
  • Stage II: At this point, X-Rays start identifying noticeable bone spur growth. The affected area will start feeling stiff after rest and becoming uncomfortable. A knee brace (if the knee is the affected joint) may be recommended.
  • Stage III: As osteoarthritis progresses, this stage shows the cartilage in your joint deteriorating and the gap between your bone and joint narrows. You may experience inflammation in the joint and discomfort during activity that may require NSAIDs or prescription drugs.
  • Stage IV: This is the most severe stage of osteoarthritis and also the most painful. At this stage, your cartilage in your joint is mostly gone and bone is rubbing against bone, and bone spurs are more prevalent. This is where joint replacement surgery may be required.

After your surgery, you should expect the pain to be no longer achy or arthritic. Pain you should expect to experience should be from wound healing, swelling, and inflammation. Many people report that pain from knee replacement surgery is greater than that associated with a hip replacement. Sorry about that!! Many hip replacement patients reported little to no pain around the 2-6 week mark after surgery, while knee replacement patients report the three-month mark as the timeframe for the pain to subside.

The Perfect Knee and Hip Replacement Kit to Help

As you go through rehab and physical therapy after your knee or hip replacement surgery, simple and mundane chores may become a little bit harder. There may be residual pain from the surgery that can hamper your simplest of tasks. That is why we created this ideal Premium 5-Piece Hip and Knee Replacement Kit. These five simple medical aids can help you maintain your independence while you perform everyday tasks. The five pieces in this kit include:

  1. 32" Reacher Grabber

    Perfect for picking up items that may have fallen on the floor or are above your head so you don’t need to over-extend your reach and potentially fall.
  2. Sock Aid with Foam Handles

    For those who may have limited hip movement shortly after surgery, this allows the user to easily slip on socks without forcing them to lift their leg too soon.
  1. 27.5” Dressing Stick

    Ideal for helping the user remove socks or pants easily, while aiding in putting on shirts or even jackets.
  2. 22” Long Shoe Horn

    The long handle of this dressing aid easily allows the user to put on and even remove shoes without bending.
  3. 23.5” Long-Handled Bath Sponge

    After knee or hip replacement surgery, the bath or shower can be a hazardous place. Slippery!! This bathing aid allows the user to easily cleanse lower limbs and their back without having to twist, bend, or lift a leg.

With more and more knee and hip replacement surgeries being performed every year, it is critical to find medical aids that can help you perform everyday tasks safely until you can become 100%. As your physical therapy progresses, you may need these items less and less. That is the goal your physical therapist will share with you. Never worry never fear, soon enough you will be dancing up a storm!!

 

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