Frequently Asked Questions

Initial physiotherapy appointments will take up to 60 minutes to allow time for your therapist to take a detailed history. Follow up appointments are either 45 or 60 minutes long, depending on the goal.

Your physiotherapist will ask you a variety of questions at the start so we can agree on the best course of treatment for you. After this, a full assessment of movement, muscle power, walking pattern analysis and various other measures may be taken. An updated home exercise programme will be provided at the end of each session.

Your physiotherapist will need to take a detailed look at the treatment area so wearing light clothing is recommended.

There is no set number. This will be guided by your physiotherapist after a detailed initial assessment. A 10% discount will be applied to a block booking of x5 follow up appointments.

There are many aspects to having surgery, and not all of these are discussed with you pre operatively. As well as the obvious physical effects, you may be aware of changes in mood during this challenging time. We are here to answer any worries or concerns you may have and help motivate you along the way.

If you are going to be paying for treatment yourself, then there is no need to go to your GP first. If you will be using private medical insurance, please check your policy as some companies require a GP referral before they will cover your treatment.

Post Op Home Physio is recognised by most of the major insurance companies. To proceed with treatment we would require your policy number and authorisation code.

Your physiotherapist will be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), insured by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and will have an up to date certificate from the Disclosure and Barring service (DBS). Please refer to our ‘About Us’ page for our team members registration details.

There are many benefits of having physio after surgery at home rather than in a clinic:

  • We can come to you for physio in the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you
  • There are no travel or parking costs
  • We can assess your function in an environment that is familiar to you
  • We can work on the functional goals that matter to you
  • Increasing the range of movement of the knee
  • Improving the strength of the muscles around the knee
  • Reducing the need for walking aid
  • Improving balance
  • Improving confidence
  • Assistance to return to normal activities
  • Increasing the range of movement of the hip
  • Improving the strength of the muscles around the hip
  • Reducing the need for walking aid
  • Improving balance
  • Improving confidence
  • Assistance to return to normal activities
  • London home physio for total knee replacement (TKR)
  • London home physio for total hip replacement (THR)
  • London home physio for arthroscopy
  • London home physio for menisectomy
  • London home physio for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACL)
  • London home physio for shoulder replacement
  • London home physio for revision of joint replacement
  • London home physio for spinal fusion
  • London home physio for debridement
  • London home physio for internal fixation

You should be able to stop using your crutches or walking frame and resume normal leisure activities 6 weeks after your surgery. However, it may take up to 3 months for pain and swelling to settle down. It can take up to a year for any leg swelling to disappear.  Your new joint will continue to recover up to 2 years after your operation. This also depends on your activity levels prior to surgery. There is no exact recovery time and your physiotherapist will assess your individual goals after your initial appointment.

You can resume driving when you can flex your hip or knee enough to get in and out of a car and control the car properly, including an emergency stop.

  • Rest and elevate the leg to reduce any swelling and inflammation
  • Use your walking aids but aim to gradually decrease the amount you rely on them as your leg feels stronger
  • Keep up your exercises daily to help prevent stiffness and do not force your knee
  • Do not put a pillow under your knee when sleeping after a total knee replacement as this can result in a permanently bent knee
  • Wear supportive shoes / slippers

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