Did You Know: The 3 most common joint replacement surgeries are hip, knee, and shoulder. And following any of these surgeries, you will need physical therapy to ensure your new joint works properly. That’s where we come in. In our 25 years of experience, David Physical Therapy has helped countless patients make a full recovery from their total joint replacement.
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"Total joint replacement" refers specifically to a surgical procedure that removes the entirety of an arthritic or damaged joint. Following the removal, the joint is replaced with a metal, plastic or ceramic device (called a prosthesis) that helps patients maintain some or all of the mobility they would have in a healthy joint.
David Physical Therapy has a big role to play in your post-op after surgery! Physical therapy treatments are a necessary part of a joint replacement recovery, as they help people restore movement in their artificial joint; build up strength around the new joint; ease their pain and swelling; help with circulation to avoid post-op complications; and, most importantly, speed up the recovery process and help people get back to their normal routines more quickly. Patients who do not complete rehab may experience prolonged pain, stiffness, and swelling of their new joint.
The goals of physical therapy and rehabilitation following total joint replacement treatment actually depend on the type of joint replacement. Following a total knee replacement surgery, for example, the primary goal is to help the person walk, climb stairs, and return to other normal activities as quickly as possible. Following a total shoulder replacement, the goal is to strengthen the shoulder and arm, as well as to support a healthy range of motion. And after a total hip replacement, a person will want to build up strength in the muscles around their new joint to support mobility and balance.
It varies. Age, present overall health, medical history, long-term goals, and other immediate factors after surgery will all influence the exercises that are prescribed, the length of time you'll be advised to perform each exercise daily, how many weeks you'll want to exercise after surgery, and so forth. We always encourage you to bring any and all questions about your physical therapy treatments to your physical therapist, who is here to help clear up your confusion.
If you have questions about David Physical Therapy and our rehab services, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 412-344-9044.