Total Knee Rehabilitation in Utah


Physical Therapy for Total Knee Replacements


A total knee replacement (TKR), also known as total knee arthroplasty, involves removing the arthritic parts of the bones at the knee joint (the tibia, sometimes called the shin bone; the femur, or thigh bone; and the patella, or kneecap) and replacing them with artificial parts. These parts consist of a metal cap at the end of the femur and a cemented piece of metal in the tibia with a plastic cap on it to allow the surfaces to move smoothly. When appropriate, the back part of the kneecap also may be replaced with a smooth plastic surface.

A Utah physical therapist for knee is an integral part of the team of health care professionals who help people receiving a total knee replacement regain movement and function, and return to daily activities. Your physical therapist can help you prepare for and recover from surgery, and develop an individualized treatment program to get you moving again in the safest and most effective way possible.

Before surgery, your physical therapist may:
  • Stopping smoking. Seek assistance or advice from your physician on stopping smoking, as you schedule and plan for your surgery. Being tobacco-free will improve your healing process following surgery.
  • Losing weight. Losing excess body weight may help you recover more quickly, and help improve your function and overall results following surgery.

The time line for returning to leisure or sports activities varies from person-to-person; your physical therapist will be able to estimate your unique time line based on your specific condition.

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The goal of the first 2 weeks of recovery is to manage pain, decrease swelling, heal the incision, restore normal walking, and initiate exercise. Following those 2 weeks, your physical therapist will tailor your range-of-motion exercises, progressive muscle-strengthening exercises, body awareness and balance training, functional training, and activity-specific training to address your specific goals and get you back to the activities you love!

Range-of-motion exercises. Swelling and pain can make you move your knee less. Your physical therapist can teach you safe and effective exercises to restore movement (range of motion) to your knee, so that you can perform your daily activities.

Strengthening exercises. Weakness of the muscles of the thigh and lower leg could make you need to still use a cane when walking, even after you no longer need a walker or crutches. Your physical therapist can determine which strengthening exercises are right for you.

Body awareness and balance training. Specialized training exercises help your muscles "learn" to respond to changes in your world, such as uneven sidewalks or rocky ground. When you are able to put your full weight on your knee without pain, your physical therapist may add agility exercises (such as turning and changing direction when walking, or making quick stops and starts) and activities using a balance board that challenge your balance and knee control. Your program will be based on the physical therapist's examination of your knee, on your goals, and on your activity level and general health.

Functional training. When you can walk freely without pain, your physical therapist may begin to add activities that you were doing before your knee pain started to limit you. These might include community-based actions, such as crossing a busy street or getting on and off an escalator. Your program will be based on the physical therapist's examination of your knee, on your goals, and on your activity level and general health.

Activity-specific training. Depending on the requirements of your job or the type of sports you play, you might need additional physical rehabilitation in Utah that is tailored to your job activities (such as climbing a ladder) or sport activities (such as swinging a golf club) and the demands that they place on your knee. Your physical therapist can develop an individualized rehabilitation program for you that takes all of these demands into account.

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Patient Testimonials

We are committed to providing the best physical therapy experience with the highest quality of care for optimal results. See what real patients have to say about us!

I have had a great experience with the entire staff at Rock Run Physical Therapy. You get detailed one-on-one time while you are there to ensure that you are making progress. I have tried many different treatments for my issue, and am finally feeling relief and feel this is a long term solution to my pain.
— Lyndsie Crosby, Posted June 1st 2019. View More Reviews
I have received the"Best" available physical therapy from Rock Run for my two knee replacements, a shoulder surgery and just recently some neck pain with light laser therapy. Thank you all at Rock Run, especially Jerrin. You all made me feel normal again after many years of knee pain. I recommend Brandon and his staff
— Elizabeth Gelinas, Posted May 31st 2019. View More Reviews
My family & I have been going to Rock Run Physical Therapy since it opened up. The staff is Amazing, they listen to your concerns, encourage you & help you push through the hardest part of therapy, they are your biggest cheerleaders. I have nothing but good things to say about them. I won't go to any other physical the...
— Becky Stitt, Posted May 31st 2019. View More Reviews
My family & I have been going to Rock Run Physical Therapy since it opened up. The staff is Amazing, they listen to your concerns, encourage you & help you push through the hardest part of therapy, they are your biggest cheerleaders. I have …
— Becky Stitt, Posted May 24th 2019. View More Reviews
In Feb 02, 2019 I ruptured my ACL and tore my meniscus in my right knee skiing. Surgery was scheduled for the end of the month. While I was waiting surgery I interviewed a few different Physical Therapists in order to find the right one to help get me back to skiing. After speaking with Josh Brown he told me what type ...
— David Farr, Posted April 30th 2019. View More Reviews
Very personable, kind and knowledgeable! Thank you!
— SassyLou Smith, Posted April 30th 2019. View More Reviews
In Feb 02, 2019 I ruptured my ACL and tore my meniscus in my right knee skiing. Surgery was scheduled for the end of the month. While I was waiting surgery I interviewed a few different Physical Therapists in order to find the right one to …
— David Farr, Posted April 30th 2019. View More Reviews
Very personable, kind and knowledgeable! Thank you!
— Cindy Smith, Posted April 29th 2019. View More Reviews
Great staff with great PT support equipment and PT ideas to help you achieve your goal. I am wrapping up my knee replacement PT and have been very pleased with my experience. Brenda and her staff are amazing!
— Kevin Neville, Posted March 1st 2019. View More Reviews
Brenda is the best Pysical Therapist I've ever met! I've had aquatic therapy, astym, e-stem, etc., and have never left disappointed. However, I've left disappointed with many of the big PT chains in Layton, South Jordan, and West Point, but Rock Run in Syracuse is the only one I'll recommend because of the way I'm car...
— Lady Sylvia, Posted March 1st 2019. View More Reviews
Great place! I love it. Been coming here for years. Josh is an excellent therapist to work with!! Brandon and his staff are excellent they take very good care of you.
— Denise Call, Posted February 28th 2019. View More Reviews
Brenda, Bailey and the entire Rock Run team have been great! Always tailored care to my needs. Their scheduling is very flexible and convenient. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to get back on track physically. They listen to …
— Seth Teague, Posted February 15th 2019. View More Reviews
Awesome staff, great outcome from my personalized plan of care and rehab goals.
— Lisa Didier, Posted February 1st 2019. View More Reviews
Brenda, Bailey and the entire Rock Run team have been great! Always tailored care to my needs. Their scheduling is very flexible and convenient. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to get back on track physically. They listen to your concerns and create you a care plan based on what you say, how you are fee...
— Seth Teague, Posted February 1st 2019. View More Reviews
Everyone At Rock Run was awesome. I was there a lot for a few weeks and felt like family. I am still doing the exercises that they recommend for me to do. I believe the laser and a stem treatments help immensely. A big hug and Thank you to all who helped with my recovery.
— Connie Bott, Posted February 1st 2019. View More Reviews
Brenda and her staff are amazing and friendly. They explained the exercises I needed to do for my shoulder in easy to understand terms.
— Jeff Somerville, Posted February 1st 2019. View More Reviews
Everyone at Rock Run Physical Therapy is kind, compassionate, and very, VERY competent. Even though physical therapy, by its very nature, can be very painful, going to Rock Run was a true pleasure. I enjoyed my visits there and I really enjoy the results of their services. They strengthen my feeble knees and put...
— Teresa Hislop, Posted January 31st 2019. View More Reviews
I had such a great experience at Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable. I got to go at my own pace and my recovery went as well as I could have expected. 5 Stars they are great.
— Sally Willard, Posted January 31st 2019. View More Reviews
Everyone at Rock Run Physical Therapy is kind, compassionate, and very, VERY competent. Even though physical therapy, by its very nature, can be very painful, going to Rock Run was a true pleasure. I enjoyed my visits there and I …
— Teresa Hislop, Posted January 31st 2019. View More Reviews
This was the second time that I received physical therapy treatments and each time everyone at Rock Run has far exceeded all of my expectations! Very caring and professional staff and extremely friendly. I highly recommend Rock Run Physical Therapy to everyone. A tremendous thank you to all of the sensational member...
— Clive Ingram, Posted January 1st 2019. View More Reviews
I have been going to Rock Run for an issue with my shoulder. They are my favorite (unfortunately I have had enough experience to have a favorite). The staff is incredible! From the front desk to the PT and everyone in between, they are …
— Milo Prusse, Posted December 15th 2018. View More Reviews
This was the second time that I received physical therapy treatments and each time everyone at Rock Run has far exceeded all of my expectations! Very caring and professional staff and extremely friendly. I highly recommend Rock Run …
— Clive Ingram, Posted December 15th 2018. View More Reviews
I have been going to Rock Run for an issue with my shoulder. They are my favorite (unfortunately I have had enough experience to have a favorite). The staff is incredible! From the front desk to the PT and everyone in between, they are all awesome. I enjoy going in because it feels like friends who are helping me a...
— Milo Prusse, Posted December 1st 2018. View More Reviews
They were very professional in determining my problem and setting a course of action. All of the therapists were very personable and were attentive to my needs. Would highly recommend them to anyone requiring physical therapy.
— Susan Deas, Posted November 30th 2018. View More Reviews
I had a hip replacement. After therapy I could do every thing I did before my surgery. My balance is good and when I walk, I can walk 2 miles and feel really good.
— Phyllis Rogerson, Posted November 30th 2018. View More Reviews
Rock Run therapy is full of caring concerned workers. From the front desk to the therapists they are professional and help with your problems, I have been there for two different things, my knee was giving me problems and then I had a fall prevention help I felt both of these were very worthwhile and addressed my ...
— GM Peterson, Posted November 30th 2018. View More Reviews
Went to Rock Run for my physical therapy after total knee replacement. My recovery was right on track because of their help. Very knowledgeable and kind staff. Thank you Rock Run!!
— Lola Jean Lamb, Posted November 30th 2018. View More Reviews
PAIN FREE!!! Thanks to Astym therapy and laser treatment for planters fasciitis, at Rock Run PT. It took several treatments but Brandon was knowledgeable, understanding and professional. Nice friendly atmosphere with undivided attention. I LOVE TO MOVE PAIN FREE, Thanks Rock Run!
— Debbie, Posted November 30th 2018. View More Reviews
I have been going to Rock Run for an issue with my shoulder. They are my favorite (unfortunately I have had enough experience to have a favorite). The staff is incredible! From the front desk to the PT and everyone in between, they are all awesome. I enjoy going in because it feels like friends who are helping me a...
— The Russian Chunga‘s, Posted November 29th 2018. View More Reviews
I have been going to Rock Run for an issue with my shoulder. They are my favorite (unfortunately I have had enough experience to have a favorite). The staff is incredible! From the front desk to the PT and everyone in between, they are all awesome. I enjoy going in because it feels like friends who are helping me a...
— Sarah Prusse, Posted November 17th 2018. View More Reviews
I came to Rock Run as essentially a first and hopefully last step to correct some recurring back problems that I was previously unable to keep in check before. I am 39 years old and had some overuse and sports related minor injuries to my back. Brenda took the time to understand my history and possible injury mechani...
— Abe Kearl, Posted September 1st 2018. View More Reviews
Staff is friendly, knowledgeable and caring. The facilities are very nice, clean and comfortable. I feel stronger!
— Sarimin Rivera, Posted September 1st 2018. View More Reviews
I came to Rock Run as essentially a first and hopefully last step to correct some recurring back problems that I was previously unable to keep in check before. I am 39 years old and had some overuse and sports related minor injuries to my …
— Abe Kearl, Posted August 15th 2018. View More Reviews

Patient Testimonials

We are committed to providing the best physical therapy experience with the highest quality of care for optimal results. See what real patients have to say about us!

I have had a great experience with the entire staff at Rock Run Physical Therapy. You get detailed one-on-one time while you are there to ensure that you are making progress. I have tried many different treatments for my issue, and am finally feeling relief and feel this is a long term solution to my pain.
— Lyndsie Crosby, Posted June 1st 2019. View More Reviews
I have received the"Best" available physical therapy from Rock Run for my two knee replacements, a shoulder surgery and just recently some neck pain with light laser therapy. Thank you all at Rock Run, especially Jerrin. You all made me feel normal again after many years of knee pain. I recommend Brandon and his staff
— Elizabeth Gelinas, Posted May 31st 2019. View More Reviews
My family & I have been going to Rock Run Physical Therapy since it opened up. The staff is Amazing, they listen to your concerns, encourage you & help you push through the hardest part of therapy, they are your biggest cheerleaders. I have nothing but good things to say about them. I won't go to any other physical the...
— Becky Stitt, Posted May 31st 2019. View More Reviews
My family & I have been going to Rock Run Physical Therapy since it opened up. The staff is Amazing, they listen to your concerns, encourage you & help you push through the hardest part of therapy, they are your biggest cheerleaders. I have …
— Becky Stitt, Posted May 24th 2019. View More Reviews
In Feb 02, 2019 I ruptured my ACL and tore my meniscus in my right knee skiing. Surgery was scheduled for the end of the month. While I was waiting surgery I interviewed a few different Physical Therapists in order to find the right one to help get me back to skiing. After speaking with Josh Brown he told me what type ...
— David Farr, Posted April 30th 2019. View More Reviews
Very personable, kind and knowledgeable! Thank you!
— SassyLou Smith, Posted April 30th 2019. View More Reviews
In Feb 02, 2019 I ruptured my ACL and tore my meniscus in my right knee skiing. Surgery was scheduled for the end of the month. While I was waiting surgery I interviewed a few different Physical Therapists in order to find the right one to …
— David Farr, Posted April 30th 2019. View More Reviews
Very personable, kind and knowledgeable! Thank you!
— Cindy Smith, Posted April 29th 2019. View More Reviews
Great staff with great PT support equipment and PT ideas to help you achieve your goal. I am wrapping up my knee replacement PT and have been very pleased with my experience. Brenda and her staff are amazing!
— Kevin Neville, Posted March 1st 2019. View More Reviews
Brenda is the best Pysical Therapist I've ever met! I've had aquatic therapy, astym, e-stem, etc., and have never left disappointed. However, I've left disappointed with many of the big PT chains in Layton, South Jordan, and West Point, but Rock Run in Syracuse is the only one I'll recommend because of the way I'm car...
— Lady Sylvia, Posted March 1st 2019. View More Reviews
Great place! I love it. Been coming here for years. Josh is an excellent therapist to work with!! Brandon and his staff are excellent they take very good care of you.
— Denise Call, Posted February 28th 2019. View More Reviews
Brenda, Bailey and the entire Rock Run team have been great! Always tailored care to my needs. Their scheduling is very flexible and convenient. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to get back on track physically. They listen to …
— Seth Teague, Posted February 15th 2019. View More Reviews
Awesome staff, great outcome from my personalized plan of care and rehab goals.
— Lisa Didier, Posted February 1st 2019. View More Reviews
Brenda, Bailey and the entire Rock Run team have been great! Always tailored care to my needs. Their scheduling is very flexible and convenient. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to get back on track physically. They listen to your concerns and create you a care plan based on what you say, how you are fee...
— Seth Teague, Posted February 1st 2019. View More Reviews
Everyone At Rock Run was awesome. I was there a lot for a few weeks and felt like family. I am still doing the exercises that they recommend for me to do. I believe the laser and a stem treatments help immensely. A big hug and Thank you to all who helped with my recovery.
— Connie Bott, Posted February 1st 2019. View More Reviews
Brenda and her staff are amazing and friendly. They explained the exercises I needed to do for my shoulder in easy to understand terms.
— Jeff Somerville, Posted February 1st 2019. View More Reviews
Everyone at Rock Run Physical Therapy is kind, compassionate, and very, VERY competent. Even though physical therapy, by its very nature, can be very painful, going to Rock Run was a true pleasure. I enjoyed my visits there and I really enjoy the results of their services. They strengthen my feeble knees and put...
— Teresa Hislop, Posted January 31st 2019. View More Reviews
I had such a great experience at Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable. I got to go at my own pace and my recovery went as well as I could have expected. 5 Stars they are great.
— Sally Willard, Posted January 31st 2019. View More Reviews
Everyone at Rock Run Physical Therapy is kind, compassionate, and very, VERY competent. Even though physical therapy, by its very nature, can be very painful, going to Rock Run was a true pleasure. I enjoyed my visits there and I …
— Teresa Hislop, Posted January 31st 2019. View More Reviews
This was the second time that I received physical therapy treatments and each time everyone at Rock Run has far exceeded all of my expectations! Very caring and professional staff and extremely friendly. I highly recommend Rock Run Physical Therapy to everyone. A tremendous thank you to all of the sensational member...
— Clive Ingram, Posted January 1st 2019. View More Reviews
I have been going to Rock Run for an issue with my shoulder. They are my favorite (unfortunately I have had enough experience to have a favorite). The staff is incredible! From the front desk to the PT and everyone in between, they are …
— Milo Prusse, Posted December 15th 2018. View More Reviews
This was the second time that I received physical therapy treatments and each time everyone at Rock Run has far exceeded all of my expectations! Very caring and professional staff and extremely friendly. I highly recommend Rock Run …
— Clive Ingram, Posted December 15th 2018. View More Reviews
I have been going to Rock Run for an issue with my shoulder. They are my favorite (unfortunately I have had enough experience to have a favorite). The staff is incredible! From the front desk to the PT and everyone in between, they are all awesome. I enjoy going in because it feels like friends who are helping me a...
— Milo Prusse, Posted December 1st 2018. View More Reviews
They were very professional in determining my problem and setting a course of action. All of the therapists were very personable and were attentive to my needs. Would highly recommend them to anyone requiring physical therapy.
— Susan Deas, Posted November 30th 2018. View More Reviews
I had a hip replacement. After therapy I could do every thing I did before my surgery. My balance is good and when I walk, I can walk 2 miles and feel really good.
— Phyllis Rogerson, Posted November 30th 2018. View More Reviews
Rock Run therapy is full of caring concerned workers. From the front desk to the therapists they are professional and help with your problems, I have been there for two different things, my knee was giving me problems and then I had a fall prevention help I felt both of these were very worthwhile and addressed my ...
— GM Peterson, Posted November 30th 2018. View More Reviews
Went to Rock Run for my physical therapy after total knee replacement. My recovery was right on track because of their help. Very knowledgeable and kind staff. Thank you Rock Run!!
— Lola Jean Lamb, Posted November 30th 2018. View More Reviews
PAIN FREE!!! Thanks to Astym therapy and laser treatment for planters fasciitis, at Rock Run PT. It took several treatments but Brandon was knowledgeable, understanding and professional. Nice friendly atmosphere with undivided attention. I LOVE TO MOVE PAIN FREE, Thanks Rock Run!
— Debbie, Posted November 30th 2018. View More Reviews
I have been going to Rock Run for an issue with my shoulder. They are my favorite (unfortunately I have had enough experience to have a favorite). The staff is incredible! From the front desk to the PT and everyone in between, they are all awesome. I enjoy going in because it feels like friends who are helping me a...
— The Russian Chunga‘s, Posted November 29th 2018. View More Reviews
I have been going to Rock Run for an issue with my shoulder. They are my favorite (unfortunately I have had enough experience to have a favorite). The staff is incredible! From the front desk to the PT and everyone in between, they are all awesome. I enjoy going in because it feels like friends who are helping me a...
— Sarah Prusse, Posted November 17th 2018. View More Reviews
I came to Rock Run as essentially a first and hopefully last step to correct some recurring back problems that I was previously unable to keep in check before. I am 39 years old and had some overuse and sports related minor injuries to my back. Brenda took the time to understand my history and possible injury mechani...
— Abe Kearl, Posted September 1st 2018. View More Reviews
Staff is friendly, knowledgeable and caring. The facilities are very nice, clean and comfortable. I feel stronger!
— Sarimin Rivera, Posted September 1st 2018. View More Reviews
I came to Rock Run as essentially a first and hopefully last step to correct some recurring back problems that I was previously unable to keep in check before. I am 39 years old and had some overuse and sports related minor injuries to my …
— Abe Kearl, Posted August 15th 2018. View More Reviews

Meet the Team


Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists, Brandon Hepner
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists, Joshua Brown
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists, Brenda Hogge
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists, Jerrin
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists, Amanda Embry
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists, Don Carter
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists, Maddie Fowler
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists, Bailee
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists, Beth
Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists, Annie Calder

Rock Run Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists Workshops

FREE Community Wellness Workshops


Rock Run Physical Therapy offers FREE Workshops to help educate the community on a variety of subjects. They have been very well received and seats fill up fast! All the Workshops are educational, interactive, and entertaining. At the workshops, you will get to meet people who are having the same questions and problems as you AND you will get to have your questions answered!

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