Joint Replacement Rehabilitation

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Joint replacement surgery is a true wonder of modern medicine. Postoperative rehabilitation is of the utmost importance following joint replacement. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this type of rehab in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

When diseases like arthritis degrade joints in the hip, knee or shoulder, replacing the joint can add years of pain-free mobility. But it is a major surgical procedure that needs careful post-surgical care.

Joint replacement rehabilitation program is designed to:

Strengthen the repairing bone around the replaced joint

Keep muscles strong and healthy

Manage the pain of recovery, and

Improve mobility, range of motion and dexterity

On the first day after surgery, it is common to begin some minor physical therapy.

Eventually, rehabilitation incorporates stepping, walking and climbing. Initially, supportive devices such as a walker or crutches are used.

Physical therapy is extremely important in the overall outcome of any joint replacement surgery. Most patients attend outpatient physical therapy for a period of time while incorporating home exercises regularly into their daily living.

Occupational therapists are also part of the rehabilitation process. These therapists review precautions with the patients and discuss the proper ways to do their activities of daily living.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.