Joint replacement surgery can be a daunting prospect. Even as you’re excited to find relief from unbearable joint pain, you may be very worried about the operation and its aftermath. You may be especially concerned that your post joint replacement physical therapy is going to be tedious, painful, and overly slow.
Put Your Worries to Rest by Choosing Form and Function Physical Therapy
When you choose Form and Function Physical Therapy, you can expect a better experience. We offer a caring, personalized approach to joint replacement PT that can help you recover faster with less pain and drudgery and enable you to enjoy the biggest possible quality of life improvements following your joint replacement surgery.
We have experience in PT for all major joint replacements, including:
- Knee replacement
- Hip replacement
- Elbow replacement
- Shoulder replacement
- Ankle replacement
For best results, we recommend two phases of physical therapy: “pre-hab” or pre-surgery PT, and post joint replacement PT.
Pre Joint Replacement Surgery PT
The stronger you are when you go into your joint replacement surgery, the faster and smoother you can expect your recovery to be. This is why pre joint replacement physical therapy is so essential. This treatment is clinically proven to have a positive effect on the outcome of surgery. In fact, in one study published in the journal Arthritis Care and Research, getting physical therapy before joint replacement surgery reduced patients’ odds of needing care in an in-patient rehabilitation facility by 73 percent.
During your pre joint replacement surgery PT, we will focus on strengthening and toning the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the joint that will be replaced. This will help give you the stamina, flexibility, and range of motion you’ll need to complete your post-surgery rehabilitation exercises. Basically, you’ll be mastering your form now, to eliminate the learning curve after surgery and start seeing benefits faster. Before surgery is the ideal time to do this, since we don’t have to worry about pain from your surgical wound or side effects from antibiotics and pain medications interfering with therapy.
Post Joint Replacement Surgery PT
After your surgical wound has healed and you are cleared for physical therapy by your doctor, we will put together a personalized plan to help you achieve gradual, progressive mobility in your new joint. In addition to guiding you through functional exercises designed to strengthen the joint, we’ll also advise you on the activities and motions that should be limited or avoided at different stages of your recovery to prevent pain and injury.
Our post joint replacement surgery PT is about more than just exercising your newly replaced joint. We will also consider your whole body motion, to ensure you aren’t creating compensations or imbalances during recovery that could affect other parts of your body. In this way, we can help you accomplish a fast and successful recovery and enjoy the active, pain-free lifestyle you envisioned when you first decided to get joint replacement surgery.
Make an Appointment Today
If you are interested in adding Form and Function Physical Therapy to your joint replacement care team, please contact us at 516-243-9100 today.