Joint Replacement

Momentum Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists located in Sawtelle, Los Angeles, CA

Recovering from a joint replacement requires comprehensive rehabilitative care. At Momentum Physical Therapy, located in the Sawtelle neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, therapists Tanya Balakrishnan, MPT, and Kelly Masuda, PT, DPT, specialize in custom treatment plans to restore function in your new joint and boost the overall efficiency of your healing. The team offers unique opportunities for aquatic therapy and private Pilates sessions to help you return to your usual routine as quickly as possible. Find out more about joint replacement rehabilitation at Momentum Physical Therapy by calling the office or requesting an appointment online.

Joint Replacement Q & A

Why do I need a joint replacement?

Joint replacement is a surgical procedure to remove damaged parts of your joint and replace them with an artificial device that works like your natural joint. 

You may need joint replacement surgery if you have severe damage to a joint as the result of a degenerative disease, like arthritis, or due to a traumatic joint injury. Generally, surgery is the last resort for treating chronic pain and disability when conservative therapies aren’t working. 

Following surgery to replace a joint, you’ll need to participate in physical therapy to speed up your recovery and restore normal function in the new joint. 

What’s involved in rehabilitation after joint replacement?

The team at Momentum Physical Therapy understands that everyone has different needs during their recovery from joint replacement surgery. During your initial evaluation, they customize a physical therapy plan that focuses on progressively increasing your joint’s range of motion. 

Physical therapy can also be effective at enhancing your natural healing abilities and reducing pain, inflammation, and other common side effects of surgery. 

A typical rehabilitation plan following joint replacement surgery involves 60 minutes of physical therapy three times a week. The therapy team at Momentum Physical Therapy incorporates a variety of therapeutic techniques, including manual therapies, pain-reducing modalities, and therapeutic exercises to rebuild muscle strength and promote healing in the tissues that surround the replaced joint. 

In addition to manual therapies, your Momentum Physical Therapy provider may recommend a Pilates program, which uses mat exercises and Balanced Body® fitness equipment to train your muscles and improve your core strength.

What alternative therapies are available for treating joint pain after surgery?

If you’re experiencing significant pain soon after joint replacement surgery or you are unable to participate in exercise during the early stages of recovery, you may be a candidate for aquatic therapy.

This treatment option allows you to benefit from strength-building exercises that you complete in a heated pool. The water provides resistance to build muscle and buoyancy to keep unnecessary pressure off your recovering joint. 

Your Momentum Physical Therapy provider carefully supervises your aquatic exercise program for your safety and, as you progress, can incorporate additional exercises that focus on maintaining good joint health. 

If you need rehabilitation after joint replacement surgery, request a consultation at Momentum Physical Therapy by calling the office or booking an appointment online.