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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 Syracuse 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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Immediately Following Surgery



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 Syracuse 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!

This is the place for Physical Therapy! The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and great at what they do. If you need Physical Therapy there is now other choice but Rock Run.
— Edward Carey, Posted January 24th 2020 on google
I came here after my knee surgery and within a month I was back to my normal self! They spend one on one time with you and make sure your getting all the help you need. I really appreciate them and what they have done for me to get back to my active self!
— Alyson Hotchkiss, Posted January 24th 2020 on google
Rock Run PT is awesome! This is the only place I or my family will ever even consider for physical therapy! The staff is so helpful and friendly, and the atmosphere is always warm and inviting. They consistently go above and beyond to help you achieve goals as you heal. If possible, I would leave not just 5 but 100 sta...
— A T, Posted December 31st 2019 on google
The Staff was professional in there efforts of ease the pain I was experiencing. But most of all they were fun to be around. I find this to be the most important. How can you relax if the staff is not engaged with you and are concerned about your condition. Great job.
— William Hazelwood, Posted November 30th 2019 on google
The Staff was professional in there efforts of ease the pain I was experiencing. But most of all they were fun to be around. I find this to be the most important. How can you relax if the staff is not engaged with you and are concerned about your condition. Great job.
— William Hazelwood, Posted November 7th 2019 on google
I have enjoyed working with Brenda and all the staff at Syracuse and feel that progress is being made in my therapy. I was surprised to see how effective the pool therapy was.
— Rick Hill, Posted August 31st 2019 on google
I have enjoyed working with Brenda and all the staff at Syracuse and feel that progress is being made in my therapy. I was surprised to see how effective the pool therapy was.
— Rick Hill, Posted August 21st 2019 on google
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 21st 2019 on google
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 May 31st 2019 on google
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 February 28th 2019 on google
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 February 28th 2019 on google
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 22nd 2019 on google
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 February 21st 2019 on google
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 February 21st 2019 on google
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 21st 2019 on google
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, …
— Lady Sylvia, Posted February 13th 2019 on google
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 January 31st 2019 on google
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 January 31st 2019 on google
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 31st 2019 on google
Awesome staff, great outcome from my personalized plan of care and rehab goals.
— Lisa Didier, Posted January 31st 2019 on google

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!

This is the place for Physical Therapy! The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and great at what they do. If you need Physical Therapy there is now other choice but Rock Run.
— Edward Carey, Posted January 24th 2020 on google
I came here after my knee surgery and within a month I was back to my normal self! They spend one on one time with you and make sure your getting all the help you need. I really appreciate them and what they have done for me to get back to my active self!
— Alyson Hotchkiss, Posted January 24th 2020 on google
Rock Run PT is awesome! This is the only place I or my family will ever even consider for physical therapy! The staff is so helpful and friendly, and the atmosphere is always warm and inviting. They consistently go above and beyond to help you achieve goals as you heal. If possible, I would leave not just 5 but 100 sta...
— A T, Posted December 31st 2019 on google
The Staff was professional in there efforts of ease the pain I was experiencing. But most of all they were fun to be around. I find this to be the most important. How can you relax if the staff is not engaged with you and are concerned about your condition. Great job.
— William Hazelwood, Posted November 30th 2019 on google
The Staff was professional in there efforts of ease the pain I was experiencing. But most of all they were fun to be around. I find this to be the most important. How can you relax if the staff is not engaged with you and are concerned about your condition. Great job.
— William Hazelwood, Posted November 7th 2019 on google
I have enjoyed working with Brenda and all the staff at Syracuse and feel that progress is being made in my therapy. I was surprised to see how effective the pool therapy was.
— Rick Hill, Posted August 31st 2019 on google
I have enjoyed working with Brenda and all the staff at Syracuse and feel that progress is being made in my therapy. I was surprised to see how effective the pool therapy was.
— Rick Hill, Posted August 21st 2019 on google
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 21st 2019 on google
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 May 31st 2019 on google
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 February 28th 2019 on google
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 February 28th 2019 on google
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 22nd 2019 on google
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 February 21st 2019 on google
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 February 21st 2019 on google
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 21st 2019 on google
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, …
— Lady Sylvia, Posted February 13th 2019 on google
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 January 31st 2019 on google
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 January 31st 2019 on google
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 31st 2019 on google
Awesome staff, great outcome from my personalized plan of care and rehab goals.
— Lisa Didier, Posted January 31st 2019 on google

Meet the Team


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

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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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