Joint Replacement Rehabilitation
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Physical Therapy Makes a Difference Before, During and After Joint Replacement - Get The Best Outcome With Achieva Rehab
When you’re undergoing joint replacement, whether it’s for a hip or a knee or shoulder, physical therapy plays a critical role in every stage of the process.
🔑 Ideally, your outcome begins BEFORE you get to the OR. All candidates for replacement should begin a series of physical therapy exercises even before their surgery.
🔑 They should also attend a preoperative education meeting to learn about their joint replacement, which we now do virtually and offer absolutely FREE. During this class, patients learn what to expect during their hospital stay, how to prepare their home for their return, what their family members should expect, and what to do before their surgery.
🔑 An important part of giving yourself the best chance at an amazing outcome where you can get back to the things you love to do is to begin exercising before surgery.
It’s important to be as fit as possible before undergoing a joint replacement. Each patient receives instructions that include a set of exercises in addition to information that helps prepare them for their surgery and recovery.
Most exercises focus on stability around the joint or the muscles that will help them when getting up from a chair. A Physical therapist will demonstrate the proper technique for many of the exercises.
They also help to familiarize family members and caregivers, who participate as postoperative “coaches,” with their responsibilities in helping to care for their loved ones after joint replacement.
We often suggest patients bring a friend or family member who acts as a coach. This person helps the patient with their postoperative physical therapy that begins while the patient is still in the hospital. Following surgery, patients work with a physical therapist at the hospital to make sure they can get home safely. And that's where the fun starts...
After Discharge Home:
Once a patient is discharged to home, we get them scheduled...all of the patients rehab is done at home. Most people incorrectly think that they NEED to be seen in an outpatient brick and mortar clinic, but, when you've helped a patient get back to work in 3 weeks after a Total Knee Replacement like we have in our In-Home Program with Achieva Rehab, we are able to argue otherwise...in fact, brick and mortar clinics with all that equipment don't offer you the same as un-distracted one-on-one PT visits for 60 minutes in your home. This is from one of our past knee patients:
"I am so grateful for Achieva Rehab. They took great care of me through two knee replacements. It is so wonderful to do your rehab inyour own setting so that your program is tailored to the things that you need to do to be successful. When I went to my surgeon for my 6 week check, he was amazed at how well I was doing - not even a can. He was impressed with the quality of my rehab. Thank you so much Joel and Jessica. The couch stretch is still my mainstay to keep my knee functioning well." LH
When you are choosing your provider for your recovery after your joint replacement, please ask yourself the following questions, so you can make the choice that is best for you.
🤔 How important is it for you to be the focus of your treatment session?
🤔 Will your therapist be spending an entire hour with you so that you can get the most appropriate education exactly when it's needed, and you will be certain that you are doing your exercises correctly? Every little aspect of these exercises is important...you don't want to risk doing it incorrectly.
🤔 How important is it for you to use gym equipment? Have you been working out in a gym recently and need to get back to it? If so, that might be something to prioritize.
🤔 How important is it for your therapy provider to have great reviews from past patients in order to convince you of the quality of their care and more importantly their outcomes? Please see our reviews on this page: Click HERE.
🤔 Will your therapist be available at all times by phone if you have a simple question? By the way, we offer that because we don't want you to take chances at possibly doing something wrong or ineffective.
🤔 Are you more comfortable in your own home or driving to a clinic in questionable weather, sitting in a waiting room, and working out in a gym full of strangers? Which is your preference?
We know these are leading questions...they are meant to purposely make you think of what you are actually getting from your therapy provider...we do it simply because we want to be that provider...we have a strong desire to help you recover and get your absolute best outcome from your replacement surgery.
Let us help you before your surgery. Take advantage of our FREE Virtual Pre-Surgery Education Session by Clicking the link below...we absolutely love helping people make their way from operating room to an amazing outcome...and this is your first step in that great journey.