• Rehab After Joint Surgery

  • Making the decision to have joint replacement surgery is the first step to getting back to the activities you love. But it's not the last step.

  • After joint surgery - especially those for hip, knee, and shoulder - re-establishing movement and range of motion as soon as possible with a rehabilitation program is essential to a full recovery. In fact, studies show that follow up rehabilitation after these procedures plays a key role in returning patients to a full, active life.

    Need proof? Post-joint replacement Rehabilitation

    • For knee and hip replacement patients, rehab can start within 24 hours even sooner. According to research in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery , patients who started rehab within 24 hours of their knee replacement surgery had shorter hospital stays, less pain, fewer rehab sessions overall, and greater range of motion than those patients who waited 48 hours or more. They also achieved normal gait and balance sooner after surgery.
    • Shoulder replacement patients need a bit long period of immobilization, but once they get the all-clear sign from their surgeon, they also can benefit from physical therapy. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons , shoulder patients typically start passive exercises four to six weeks after surgery and progress to more active exercises to regain strength and range of motion.

    Work with your surgeon and rehabilitation team to determine what type of program is best for you. Typically, physical therapy exercises start out with simple moves that keep the blood flowing and help prevent blood clots. Then you'll progress to exercises that increase strength and improve range of motion. Often you'll have exercises to perform at home between your rehab appointments.

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