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Chiropractic Care After a Knee Replacement

Published Date: 
March 23, 2023
A woman's bandaged knee in a hospital bed after a knee replacement.

Chiropractors are experts in the musculoskeletal system, making them well-suited for helping patients recover from knee replacement surgery. Rehabilitation after a knee replacement usually involves exercises and physical therapy sessions, which chiropractic adjustments can aid. These adjustments help reduce inflammation and loosen joints to increase knee mobility. 

Chiropractic care can also help improve posture, balance, and coordination of the lower body, further enhancing recovery. Additionally, chiropractors can provide advice on lifestyle changes to facilitate a faster recovery.

Stiffness and Pain After a Knee Replacement

After a knee replacement surgery, it is common for patients to experience stiffness and pain in the affected area. This is due to the trauma of the surgery itself, causing swelling, inflammation, and other post-operative complications. In addition, many people are required to use crutches or a walker after their surgery, leading to increased muscle tension which can cause stiffness and pain. 

As the body begins to heal, these symptoms may improve over time. However, it is important to note that some patients may experience persistent stiffness and knee pain even after surgery.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help You Heal After Knee Replacement

Chiropractic care is an effective form of treatment for post-knee replacement patients. 

During chiropractic management, the doctor may use manual manipulation to realign the joint and muscles surrounding the knee area, helping to reduce pain, increase mobility, and improve the overall quality of life.

A woman's knee replacement scars.

Through a combination of passive treatments like massage, stretching, and joint mobilization and active exercises such as range-of-motion exercises and strengthening exercises, chiropractic care can help patients heal successfully after knee replacement surgery.

Benefits of Chiropractic Therapy After a Knee Replacement

Chiropractic treatment offers a range of benefits for individuals recovering from knee replacements. Following surgery, chiropractors can help reduce pain and inflammation, improve mobility, increase flexibility and strength, and promote better functioning of the knee joint. 

Chiropractor treating a patient's knee after knee replacement surgery.

One specific advantage of chiropractic treatment after a knee replacement is that it helps reduce pain symptoms. After surgery, many people experience significant discomfort in the knee area due to postoperative inflammation and scar tissue buildup

Through gentle manipulation techniques, chiropractors can help break up this scar tissue and improve joint alignment, relieving painful pressure points and reducing overall discomfort.


Chiropractic management can help improve mobility and flexibility, reduce pain, and promote healing in the area around the new joint. However, post-operative joint manipulation may be too intense for some patients, so it is essential to consult with your physical therapist or orthopedic surgeon before engaging in chiropractic care. 

It is also important to remember that any joint manipulation includes a risk of further injury, so it's best to proceed with caution when considering this type of treatment.

Dr. Eric Neumann D.C.

Dr. Eric Neumann grew up in Alberta, Canada where he majored in Chemistry at the University of Calgary. During his time at University, he obtained licensure as a Massage Therapist. It was clear that hands-on healing would be his calling. After suffering multiple sport-related injuries he became interested in Chiropractic. Dr. Neumann graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 2009. He has since specialized in the treatment and management of acute spinal injuries.

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