Total Joint Replacement
Total joint replacements are a common surgical intervention that is performed for severe arthritis or following traumatic fractures where conservative treatments have failed or are not an option. The goal of a total joint replacement surgery is to relieve pain, improve joint mobility, and restore quality of life for functional activities such as walking, standing, climbing stairs, or performing everyday activities.
Whether it be a shoulder, hip, knee, or ankle, physical therapy post-operatively plays a key role in assisting with the overall healing process, helping patients get back to an active lifestyle, and ultimately improving long-term results.
It's vital that patients commit to their rehabilitation plan and work with their physical therapist in doing as much as possible each day. The formal rehabilitation process usually lasts between 8-12 weeks depending upon individual needs and functional outcomes. Upon discharge from physical therapy, patients are strongly urged to continue "investing" into their functional future and long-term success by performing their prescribed exercise program on a regular basis.