Joint replacement surgery is now the most common inpatient procedure covered by Medicare. Most often, knees and hips are the joints that need to be replaced, and both surgeries usually result in an improved quality of life for patients.
At Momentum Physical Therapy, we provide rehabilitation following joint replacement surgery. Our team is knowledgeable in the various modalities necessary for successful recovery and we personalize your rehabilitation to suit your individual needs.
Joint replacement basics
Total joint replacement is a last line of treatment for people who have damaged joints due to progressive degeneration, such as with osteoarthritis, or due to traumatic injury. In such situations, the joint no longer functions properly, and you experience pain and limited mobility. It’s hard to live an active, healthy life when you can’t move one of your joints!
In the majority of cases, joint replacement surgery improves the quality of life by reducing the amount of pain you have and improving your function. One key to success, though, is regaining your strength and mobility. Rehabilitation is crucial in that process.
Not everyone who has joint replacement surgery undergoes the same course of rehabilitation afterward. Not even if it’s the same joint. Your neighbor may need 12 weeks of rehab, and you may only need four.
One of the most important aspects of rehabilitation is having a program that’s tailored to your specific situation. Your joint may have been so degenerated prior to surgery that your muscles were already weakened, or you may have had an established exercise routine you’re trying to get back into long-term.
Most of the time, we begin with 60 minutes of physical therapy three times per week in order to assess your needs and track your healing. As you begin to build strength and heal, we may increase or decrease your sessions, introduce new modalities and exercises, and further tailor your rehab to your needs.
Many people experience significant pain in the days and weeks immediately following joint replacement surgery. The good news is that rehabilitation can help. Physical therapy helps your body to heal, and often reduces pain and inflammation as well.
We may also adjust your course of therapy to help with the pain. For example, we offer aquatic therapy, which takes place in a heated pool. The water provides resistance, but also makes it easier for you to move your joints.
Find out how we can help you
In some cases, “pre-habilitation” can help you recover. If you know that you’re going to have joint replacement surgery, your doctor may recommend you begin therapy before your surgery. Building strength before surgery can mean you recover faster afterward.
Rehabilitation following joint replacement surgery is crucial, but it’s also highly personalized. We want to help you regain as much strength and mobility as possible following your surgery and will build a rehab program based on what you need.
Call us or schedule an appointment at Momentum Physical Therapy to discuss your situation today.