Physical therapy plays a key role in the rehabilitation of people who have received total joint replacements of the knee, hip, or shoulder. Therapy can also benefit people who are limited in their daily lives due to joint pain from all types of arthritis. Physical therapy after joint replacement surgery helps restore your range of motion, strength, mobility, flexibility, endurance, self-care skills, and the ability to return to prior activities. A physical therapist can provide you with the education needed to walk and climb stairs, get in and out of a chair or car, tie your shoes, and other daily activities. Assistive devices such as canes and walkers are also common with joint replacement surgery, and AZOPT therapists can identify the correct device to meet your specific needs.
Often, total joint replacement surgery is recommended when people have:
- Severe joint damage due to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
- Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the hip
- Congenital malalignment or dislocation
- Severe knee, hip, or shoulder pain causing difficulty with mobility, daily activities, or occupational requirements
- Severe trauma to the joint that cannot be addressed through less invasive methods
Prior to any joint replacement surgery, we also encourage our patients to attend “pre-hab” physical therapy. During your pre-hab, an AZOPT physical therapist will assess your body in its pre-surgical state, educate you on surgery expectations, and determine your plan of care leading up to your surgery. We will also discuss a reasonable timeline for returning to outpatient physical therapy to begin your road to recovery.
While joint replacement surgery has become a common procedure with a high success rate, most of your success lies within your hard work and dedication following surgery. Your surgery is the easy part compared to the physical therapy that will follow.
Our patients report great success with AZOPT because our therapists understand and are committed to your personal rehabilitation. Get the most out of your joint replacement surgery by trusting AZOPT with your recovery.
Our physical therapists will answer all of your questions, such as:
- What to expect before and after surgery
- How to know when you are ready for a total joint replacement
- How therapy can help you prepare for surgery
- How therapy can help you get back to doing the things you love in life
- Preparing for your return home
- Helpful tips for assistive devices