Total Joint Replacement
Total Joint Replacement
Total Joint Replacement Therapy
The main indication for total joint replacement is relief from the pain and disability caused by the joint. Symptom relief is often immediate and people are back on their feet quickly, thanks in large part to physical therapy.
Your post-operative physical therapy is typically driven by the orthopedic surgeon. Depending on your overall health, you may have a brief, overnight stay in the hospital or a few days in the hospital with physical therapy. Then you will be discharged home, where you may or may not have home physical therapy. Regardless, you will need outpatient physical therapy at some point for your total joint replacement.
The staff at SSOR is well-versed in evidence-based treatments and we have several years of experience treating total joint replacements. In fact, we’ve educated other physical therapists on total joint replacement therapy at physical therapy conferences.
Three main deficits exist after joint replacement: range of motion loss, strength deficits, and balance impairments. After a thorough evaluation, we will discuss with you goals and a long-term plan to achieve them. Your physical therapy treatment at SSOR will involve extensive soft tissue mobilization to the involved joint and surrounding areas to loosen scar tissue and tight, sore muscles that result from surgery.
Hip and Knee Replacement Rehab
We’ll address soft tissue limitations elsewhere in the extremity that may be limiting your range of motion. Various techniques will be used to restore your joint range of motion, enabling you the freedom of movement to walk, garden, or play with your grandkids again.
Once your range of motion is restored, your physical therapy treatment will focus on restoring strength and balance, as well as normalizing your gait. We expect you to be able to walk, ambulate stairs, and perform sit to stand as normal as possible. Strengthening exercises in physical therapy will start on your back, side, and in standing, and then move to more “functional” activities like squatting and steps.
As people age, there is an increased fall risk. Once your walking is normalized, we will begin to work on strengthening of the leg muscles, specifically the quadriceps (thigh muscles) and the hip muscles. Finally, we will work on balance.
In the hospital, you’re usually placed in a recliner with a shoulder brace, receiving medication-assisted pain relief. While that works in the short-term to reduce your pain, you need a functioning arm again.
After shoulder replacement, you’ll experience range of motion (ROM) loss due to weakness in the arm and soft tissue limitations from a very involved surgery. We’ll get our hands on you and use specific techniques to reduce or eliminate those soft tissue deficits that are limiting your ROM. We know the safest ways to get you strong while obeying your post-operative restrictions.
If you need joint replacement rehab, the physical therapists at SSOR have the skills and the clinical acumen to help you achieve your goals. Give us a call; we are confident we will exceed your expectations.