Prior to a scheduled surgery your physician may recommend physical therapy if you have excessive swelling, limited range of motion or strength and difficulty with your overall functional mobility, in order to prepare your body for the upcoming surgery. This is common after knee or ankle injuries, such as an ACL tear or prior to a planned total knee replacement surgery. Education can be provided on proper use of assistive devices such as crutches and walkers, how to safe use these at home and in the community in addition to how to tackle the household stairs. Occasionally, this is only 1-2 visits for education and an individual outline of exercises that you will continue on your own until your surgery day. Orthopedic manual physical therapy techniques will be utilized to help you gain range of motion and joint mobility as well as specific clinical exercises will be performed in order to help you achieve your pre surgery goals.