Is it just me, or does it seem like everyone is getting knee replacements lately? Ok maybe not everyone is getting them but I have patients in their late 40’s and early 50’s with total knee replacements. The procedure does not seem to be reserved for little old ladies anymore. With the advancement of technology which allows people at younger ages to qualify and the tidal wave of baby boomers do you feel totally equipped to handle pre and post knee replacement patients?
If the answer is no, then keep on reading to find out my top ways we can help educate and treat these kinds of patients.
I just learned this at a recent seminar I went to, check this out.
Here are some substances that do affect neurology and some that don’t:
Aspirin: Yes (especially in high doses)
I think for us, knowing the medications that our post surgical patients are on is vital when it comes to us treating them. I had no idea that aspirin could knock out reflexes.
The other component to the post-surgical idea is, comforting your patients with the thought that their new knee does not need to be touched, looked at and/or adjusted for at a least a month following surgery. However it would still be wise for them to continue chiropractic care after surgery because gait is immediately affected once they become weight bearing again.
What do you find is essential when treating knee replacement patients?
Kassandra Schultz D.C