Knee Buddy Extender
This unique knee elevator, is a 2-in-1 elevation and extension concept designed to simplify rehab at home for patients. The Knee Buddy assists patients with their in-home physical therapy and proper positioning. The concept of proper elevation and extension provides an opportunity for faster rehabilitation, thus potentially reducing pain medication needs or additional ongoing surgeon visits.
- Knee Buddy Extender enhances patient recovery by providing knee extension therapy
- Help your patients recover faster and reduce chances of post-op complications
- The leg elevator feature also allows for patients to elevate leg aiding in reduction of swelling
Benefits of the Knee Buddy Extender
The Knee Buddy is a surgeon designed multi-use pillow that is used before and after a knee surgery. When puzzled together, the product is ideal for leg elevation before and after surgery. It cradles the entire thigh, knee, and foot for full stabilization and elevation of the leg above the heart, creating the perfect position for edema reduction.
The end of the pillow creates the optimal knee extension needed following a total knee replacement, arthroscopic knee surgery or ACL surgery. This concept is used by knee surgeons in hospitals across the country to ensure their patients experience the precise leg, knee, ankle and toe position angles needed to start a successful recovery. Continuing to incorporate extension exercises as part of your in-home rehab is critical to reducing pain and getting back to everyday activities.
Having a dedicated tool in place that raises the patient’s leg above your heart for proper blood circulation and edema control, partnered with the extension portion that will work the knee towards the ideal zero degrees of extension will keep your patients consistent accountable throughout rehab.
- Decreases lower extremity swelling after surgery.
- Elevates the heel to allow for full knee extension.
- Prevents external rotation of the foot, thus eliminating the associated flexion at the knee.
Knee Buddy Home Care Procedures and Benefits
The Knee Buddy can be useful following several types of knee surgery. Its unique design has been shown to significantly aid in the successful recovery from total knee arthroscopy, knee replacement, ACL reconstruction, and other knee surgeries.
The purpose of the Knee Buddy is to provide your patients with a multi-functional product that is vital for your recovery by allowing them to elevate their leg, and also allows for full extension of the knee. These two concepts bundled together have the following benefits:
1 – Effectively controls edema
2 – Increases range of motion postoperatively
3 – Speed up recovery time
4 – Stabilizing the knee during rehab
5 – Can reduce pain medication consumption
Effectively Controls Edema
Elevating the leg right away after surgery will greatly decrease swelling following a knee surgery. Being consistent with elevating above the heart is vital to decreasing the edema that is caused by a major surgery. Coupling the consistent elevation with placing the knee in extension for periods at a time in the days following surgery, will promote increased muscle strength in the quad which in turn reduced swelling. The reduction of edema around the surgery site also reduces chances of a possible infection. When you have edema the integrity of your skin is decreased, which makes it susceptible as a host to unwanted bacteria.
Maximize Range of Motion
Having a dedicated rehab practice in place that promotes knee extension will give your patients the tools to maximize their efforts and gain range of motion back. The faster range of motion is regained, the faster they will be back on your feet fully recovered. Failure to practice extension within the first few weeks of recovery, could set back the recovery and cause long-term adverse effects to the knee. Gaining back full range of motion is part of the road to recovery, it doesn’t happen overnight, and a tool like the Knee Buddy to provides proper alignment and healing.
Speed Up Recovery Time
Measurements of knee extension and flexion are key metrics in determining how fast they are regaining normal movement. These metrics are dependent on reducing edema, and having a dedicated knee extension practice in place. With consistency, they will leave behind stiffness, soreness and immobility. A product designed specifically for their goals like the Knee Buddy will give your patients the tools to succeed during your recovery and speed up the process.
Stabilize the Knee During Rehab
Mitigating any sort of risk while during the recovery at home will be essential to a proper recovery. Pillows, towels and other makeshift household tools can cause major setbacks in the recovery process by increasing risk for unstable surfaces and unexpected bending of the knee or a potential fall. A stable solution for all exercises during rehab should be prioritized. Placing pillows are towels underneath the knee can result in set-backs, keeping the knee as straight as possible is ideal.
Reduce Pain Medication Consumption
Having a major surgery is scary, and painful, which often opens the door to using pain medication. Using prescription drugs can help ease the immense amount of pain experienced postoperatively, but it’s no secret that they can also have the serious adverse effects of addiction. Taking proper steps to your recovery by doing intended exercises to regain range of motion, and getting knee extension back to zero degrees, will speed up the recovery time resulting in less pain medication consumption.