July 3, 2017
6 PT Benefits for Joint Replacement
Physical therapy is an essential part of joint replacement therapy. Depending upon the joint that has been replaced, patients will need to re-learn how to stand, walk, lift or grasp objects. Physical therapy helps:
- Ease pain
- Reduce scarring around the joint
- Regain full range of motion
- Promote mobility
- Improve balance, coordination, and functionality
- Strengthen the muscles and ligaments around the joint
An important part of the rehabilitation process with physical therapy will be the use of assistive aids for mobility and a physical therapist will show patients how to use them effectively. Individuals will learn new ways of performing everyday tasks with ergonomic adaptations that will make life easier during recovery.
People often assume awkward positions and behaviors due to the pain and mobility issues associated with a poorly operating joint. An important aspect of physical therapy is helping patients regain and maintain proper posture and relieve pressure on the neurological system that can impede recovery success.
Recovery typically requires two to four months following a joint replacement, depending on the patient and joint that was replaced. The goal of physical therapy will be for patients to improve their mobility by two weeks following surgery with a return to regular activities by 12 weeks after the procedure.
If you or someone you know has had a joint replacement or is going to have joint replacement surgery, contact us at OSTC for your FREE consultation and find out what solutions we have to offer you. 940-692-4688Read the Newsletter