Listening Time — 19:13
The number of total knee replacement (TKR) surgeries has more than tripled over the past two decades. Despite the growing popularity of the procedure and the improved outcomes, TKR is an invasive and expensive procedure.
Louise Chegwidden, PT, FT, has watched patients and families struggling to cope with the information overload that accompanies TKR surgery, and decided there had to be a better way to prepare families and improve expectations. To fill that void, she has written a guide book for families called “Granny Gets a New Knee: and a whole lot more.”
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Louise discusses some of the things patients and family caregivers should know about total replacement surgery – perhaps most crucial of which are the benefits of seeing a physical therapist before the procedure.
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Physical therapist Louise Chegwidden, PT, FT, was born in South Africa, grew up in Australia, and currently resides in Oakland, California. She works with sports teams (rugby, field hockey, soccer, baseball, basketball) to reduce injuries and improve performance, and assists the elderly in recovery after hip and knee replacements, strokes, and accidents. She has also worked as part of a home health team. She currently sees clients in her private practice, and teaches weekly Feldenkrais® classes, attending to the movement learning needs of students ranging in age from 13 - 90 years.