Sharing Your Stories: Patient Enjoys Activities, Time with Grandchildren after Knee Replacement

Dr. Jason Cox and Joseph Peck

Shown pictured, from left to right, is Dr. Jason Cox and Joseph Peck.

Joseph Peck is no stranger to total knee replacement. In 2016, he had the procedure performed on his left knee, and in April of 2021 he returned for his right knee. Peck was suffering from arthritis and swelling of the knee, and scheduled an appointment with Holzer Orthopedist, Dr. Jason Cox, DO.

“I was having a hard time getting around, and my knee was swelling all the time and locking up,” said Peck. “I heard about Dr. Cox through a friend who had a total knee replacement done at the same time as me in 2016. That gentleman later had his other knee operated on by Dr. Cox, and so, I went to him because I heard he is the best.”

After surgery, Peck needed eight weeks of physical therapy. He shared that therapy was difficult but worth it because he can get around much better now.

“I can ride my bike better now, and I’m able to enjoy time with my grandkids,” Peck shared. “I can bend my knee better and do a lot more, and I work out at the wellness center about three days a week with the four exercises my therapist, Caleb, recommended I continue.”

The best part about having the procedure at Holzer, in Peck’s opinion, is the recovery time and his care team. He shared that the recovery was quick, and he and his family stayed well informed and cared for.

“Everything about this experience was good,” said Peck. “Everyone was there for me from the time I walked in, to the time I left. They took really good care of me.”

Dr. Cox shared that Peck’s limited motion before the procedure was around -20 degrees, and post-operative, Peck’s range of motion increased to 80 degrees. Full range of motion and function of the knee is the most difficult but can be maintained through therapy and constant motion.

Peck recommends Dr. Cox and Holzer to anyone who may be needing a total knee replacement. He shared that your knee will be better and stronger as long as you do your therapy, but if you don’t do the exercises, you may be back in the same position you were prior to surgery.

“If you don’t have any pain, you’re not going to get any gain,” said Peck.

Peck resides in Gallipolis with his wife, Courtney, of 22 years. He has seven children and 14 grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys taking walks to the city park, riding his bicycle, spending time with his grandchildren, and playing and watching basketball.

Dr. Cox provides a broad range of orthopedic services. He is a graduate of the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He completed his residency at Rowan University in Stratford, New Jersey. He is currently accepting patients at Holzer’s Athens and Jackson locations.

For more information, or to make an appointment with Dr. Cox, please call 1-855-4-HOLZER or visit www.holzer.org.

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