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The GoKnee® is a revolutionary device that provides the quickest and most cost-effective recovery following a total knee replacement.
So, How Does This Thing Work?
The GoKnee® gives you control of how far your knee bends. Your knee joint cannot move effectively when you are tense and not relaxed, which is why being in control at all times is so important! You having control of your knee joint allows your nervous system to feel safe, which in turn grants you more motion.
The pads on the GoKnee® device provide unique movement at the knee joint that mimics the hands of a therapist; basically mobilizing the joint. Research shows that joint mobilization is key for regaining range of motion, and also results in a more comfortable stretch.
We know how critical it is for you to gain full extension, so you can walk without a limp and experience less knee, hip or lower back dysfunction. Using the GoKnee®, you control how far your knee straightens or extends as the pads hold your leg in the best position to provide an aggressive stretch.
The pads on the GoKnee® are adjustable so the top pad can be positioned directly above the knee, which gives optimal extension range-of-motion gains. We offer compensations for patients who cannot tolerate pressure on the top of their incision line, as well as alternate positions to increase or decrease the amount of stretch the patient can tolerate.
The GoKnee® strengthening protocol is unique, and clinically proven to result in optimal motor learning and better, long-term retention of the gains you make. This leads to a quicker, more effective recovery, and is also the reason you can progress off ambulatory aids within a few weeks without compromising gait quality.
Our strengthening protocol is a key component that sets the GoKnee® Method apart from all other range of motion devices currently on the market. The customized exercise principles behind our protocol are being used by elite athletes for optimal return to their sport or competition. So, why wouldn’t you use them to recover from your knee replacement?
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What can I expect after a Knee Replacement Surgery?
The length of your stay in the hospital will vary depending on your insurance and your surgeon. Some patients will stay in the hospital for 2-3 days; however, it is becoming more common to stay only 1-2 days. In some U.S. locations, they are performing outpatient knee replacement surgeries. Outpatient Surgery or “Day Surgery” is a surgery that does not require an overnight hospital stay.
It used to be common for knee replacement patients to be sent to a Rehabilitation Facility* after surgery for intensive therapy, but this is no longer the norm. More than likely, you will be sent home from the hospital and will either receive Home Health Services** or Out-Patient Physical Therapy (PT)***.
*Rehabilitation Facility: You will stay there overnight for 7-14 days, and receive Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy up to 3 hours per day for 6-7 days per week.
**Home Health Services: A Physical Therapist will come to your home 2-4 times per week.
***Outpatient Physical Therapy: Someone will drive you from your home to the PT clinic, 2-4 times per week for your therapy.
NOTE: Talk to your doctor before surgery and ask how long you will be in the hospital and where you will receive your physical therapy.
Why do I need Physical Therapy after knee replacement surgery?
Without physical therapy, the “new” prosthetic joint will not work properly. It is critical to regain knee motion and strength after the knee replacement surgery. Physical Therapists have the necessary training and expertise to show you how to do that safely and effectively. Research shows that patients who comply with physical therapy, 1) walk on their own sooner (without a walker or a cane), 2) suffer fewer complications during recovery, and 3) have better outcomes overall.
Is there any equipment available to me that could speed up the recovery after knee replacement surgery?
Physical Therapy Gyms have various pieces of equipment that can be used to help with regaining your knee motion and strength, but many are not available for you to use at home or on your own.
Having access to necessary equipment in your home is critical to a faster recovery. There are various devices on the market; however, the GoKnee® is the only product currently available to you that does BOTH bending and straightening, as well as strengthening of the knee muscles – all in ONE device. The GoKnee® is lightweight, portable, and intended to be used in the comfort of your own home as part of your home exercise program.
What is the GoKnee® Method?
It is a revolutionary new treatment approach that was created by three physical therapists, with over 50 years of collective clinical experience and expertise. These therapists created and patented a simple, lightweight device to use with their customized exercise program that is based on the latest research to speed up recovery after knee replacement surgery.
The GoKnee® Method incorporates exercise principles used by athletes; however, because you are in control of the device at all times, you get to decide how hard you work.
The exercise protocol focuses on bending and straightening the knee, as well as strengthening the muscles surrounding the knee. It takes less than 20 minutes to complete, and is recommended to be done at least 3 times per day on your own, outside of your physical therapy sessions.
The GoKnee® Method, combined with traditional Physical Therapy, results in the quickest return to walking independently without a limp or cane or walker, and fastest return to function.
Are there any risks to using the GoKnee® Method after knee replacement surgery?
Absolutely not! Many surgeons agree that the only risk to your new knee is if you fall hard on the knee during the recovery process. The GoKnee® Method allows you to be in a seated position at all times, with all motions and exercises being controlled by you. The device is designed to break apart if not used properly.
How long should I use the GoKnee®?
The GoKnee® Method is designed to be used until you have gained full available range of motion at your knee joint – in both bending and straightening – and good control and stability of your knee muscles.
Typically, if you follow the customized protocol, you should only need the device about 4 weeks. Some individuals use it as long as 8 weeks, but it all depends on your situation, your pain tolerance, your overall health/fitness and your motivation!
Many users of the GoKnee® Method have obtained the results they wanted within 2 weeks – but even those individuals are encouraged to continue with the program for an additional few weeks due to increased risk of knee stiffening without consistent, formal exercise.
Is the GoKnee® Method covered by insurance?
Work is underway to get the device covered by insurance, but currently the GoKnee® Method is not covered by insurance.
How much does the GoKnee® Method cost?
The complete GoKnee® Method can be purchased by individuals for $249.00 USD. The cost includes the device itself, the customized, evidence-based exercise protocol, and other informational materials.
Discounts and financial help may be available for those who qualify – please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Do I need a Doctor’s Order for the GoKnee® Method?
Routinely, a doctor’s order is required for a service or product that is covered under insurance. Since the GoKnee® Method is currently not covered by insurance, a doctor’s order is NOT required. However, we recommend that you inform your surgeon if you intend to use the GoKnee® Method as part of your knee recovery.
MEET OUR TEAM
Shehla Rooney, PT
Geriatric Specialist | GCS, FDN-1
Shehla received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1997 from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her career path has been diverse and vast, beginning with providing direct therapy services with a focus in Sports Medicine, from there, progressing to management of rehabilitation programs with a focus in post-acute care, to then Regional Consultant (responsible for 6 states) and eventually starting her own Rehab Consulting Company in 2002. She provided clinical education, management training, program developement and software solutions to Senior management of large chain National Rehab Companies.
This experience exposed her to long-term care and the geriatric population which unbeknownst to her was her passion and calling. This passion is why she became a Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist (GCS) through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. She has served as a Clinical Mentor and Instructor for GCS residents for the past 10 years.
Sonya Briggs, PT
Movement Specialist | FMT, FMS, SFMA, CF-LI Trainer
Sonya received her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 1997 from Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee. Upon graduating she began her career in the acute care setting and outpatient rehab with a focus on sports rehab and work hardening. Over the course of 20 years Sonya’s career path has led her to gain experience in ergonomic assessment, sports medicine and geriatric rehab with certifications in FMS, SFMA and as a Crossfit Level 1 trainer. She has served as rehab manager for a multistate rehab corporation with a focus on geriatrics and outpatient services for the past 8 years.
The multitude of experiences across the landscape of healthcare combined with a continued desire for learning all things related to movement health is one of the driving forces leading Sonya to start The GoKnee™ with partners Nikki and Shehla. She has a passion for improving movement health across the lifespan and helping individuals move better for longer.
Nikki Orazine, DPT
Movement Specialist | FMT, FMS, SFMA, CF-LI Trainer
Nikki received her Doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy in 2009 from Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee. She began her journey with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Murray State University in 2005 where she played golf for the Lady Racers from 2000-2005. She has experience in golf instruction and biomechanics, programming and personal training as well as the clinical skills she possesses as a therapist. Her career path has led her to compile all of these experiences in her current practice with a focus on skilled and outpatient rehab. In the past 11 years Nikki has gained extensive knowledge in movement health and biomechanics with certifications in FMS, SFMA and as a Crossfit Level 1 trainer. Nikki’s current practice involves a range of clients across the lifespan from pediatrics to geriatrics.
Nikki’s innovative philosophy of movement health is what led her to begin The GoKnee™ to impart a change in the way our culture views aging and ability. She is able to glean the truths from many different movement theories and principles and make application across all ages.
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