Physical Therapy: A Key Component of Joint Replacement.

Physical Therapy Makes a Difference Before, During and After Joint Replacement

Before

When you’re undergoing joint replacement, whether it’s for a hip or a knee, physical therapy plays a critical role in every stage of the process.  Patients in Methodist’s Joint Replacement Center begin a series of physical therapy exercises even before their surgery.  Patients attend a preoperative education class to learn about their joint replacement.  During this class, patients learn what to expect during their hospital stay, how to prepare their home for their return, what their family members should expect, and what to do before their surgery. 

An important part of a patient’s responsibility is to begin exercising before surgery.  It’s important to be as fit as possible before undergoing a joint replacement.  Each patient receives a guidebook that includes a set of exercises in addition to information that helps prepare them for their surgery and recovery. Most exercises focus on stability around the joint or the muscles that will help them when getting up from a chair.

Physical therapists attend the preoperative education class and demonstrate the proper technique for many of the exercises.  They also help to familiarize family members and caregivers, who participate as postoperative “coaches,” with their responsibilities in helping to care for their loved ones after joint replacement.

During

When most patients enter the Joint Replacement Center, they bring a friend or family member who acts as a coach.  This person helps the patient with their postoperative physical therapy that begins while the patient is still in the hospital.  Following surgery, patients work with a physical therapist and their coach to start strengthening and mobility exercises, as well as some balance activities, all of which get them started on the road to recovery. 

Early mobility following joint replacement usually shortens the time a patient will spend in outpatient therapy after they are discharged and return home.  Another benefit is that by getting a patient walking early on in their recovery process, it helps to alleviate most patients’ anxiety about safety when they return home.

After

Once a patient is discharged, they begin outpatient therapy using a program like the one offered through Methodist Therapy Services. 

Methodist Therapy Services is an excellent option for joint replacement patients, because they offer patients a consistent continuation of the rehabilitation that began in the hospital’s Joint Replacement Center, but in an outpatient setting.  Each therapist is highly trained in specific exercises joint replacement patients need and can quickly begin treatment without the risk of losing any progress patients made while in the hospital.

Methodist Therapy Services’ comprehensive program offers occupational therapy for those patients who need additional help with daily activities such as bathing and dressing after surgery; and with convenient hours and a large staff, Methodist Therapy Services can coordinate a therapy schedule that fits into a patient’s life.

A physician referral is required.

Methodist Therapy Outpatient Services
Phone: (865) 835-3370
Fax: (865) 835-3371