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Total Joint Replacement Rehab

Physical therapy can lead to faster recovery after total joint replacement through pre-op and post-op rehabilitation.

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What is total joint replacement rehab?

Before and after your total joint replacement (arthroplasty), physical therapy can lead to a faster recovery.

Is total joint replacement rehab the proper treatment?

Before total joint replacement surgery
Before receiving your joint replacement, even one physical therapy visit can lead to a faster recovery. During this visit, you will learn how to perform appropriate exercises after surgery and tips for completing basic activities, such as getting out of bed, walking up and down steps, and how to use an assistive device (i.e., a walker). You will also learn exercises to perform before surgery to get the muscles as strong as possible and improve flexibility.

After total joint replacement surgery
After your total joint replacement surgery, we will develop an outpatient physical therapy program to restore your motion, strength, and function quickly.

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Typical total joint replacement rehab programs may include:

  • Range of motion
  • Strength exercises
  • Flexibility
  • Manual therapy
  • Endurance training
  • Balance and coordination
  • Gait training
  • Activity modification
  • Modalities
  • Blood flow restriction
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What to expect

Your first physical therapy appointment is about creating a personalized treatment plan based on your health history, diagnosis, and goals. Here’s what you can expect at your first physical therapy appointment:

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Your first appointment will last about an hour. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

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If applicable, bring your physician referral or prescription, insurance card, paperwork, ID, and co-payment.

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At your appointment, we’ll do an initial evaluation and discuss your care plan.

*Services are not available at every location. Visit our Locations page for more details.