After surgery you will see a lot of your physical therapist because he or she will guide your recovery. Your exercise regime will depend on which joint, or joints are affected, and your overall health condition. To begin with you will take things very slowly and just try and gently move the affected area. Gradually, however, you will build up muscle strength and range of motion.
Physical therapists can also help with assistive devices such as canes, and/or train you to climb and descend stairways. One of the things that many patients don’t understand is that physical therapy helps relieve pain. That may not seem to be the case initially but, with the right exercises, the pain gradually eases.
Education is a key part of recovery and rehab for joint replacement surgery. Doctors, physical therapists, and occupational therapists can offer advice. The latter focus on one-to-one training to help you with the tasks of daily living. These include washing, combing hair, dressing, tying shoelaces, and using the bathroom.
Physical therapy can also involve massage for pain relief and/or use of a swimming pool for aquatic therapy. This can be particularly beneficial as a form of rehab after surgery for a hip or knee joint replacement. The water can help take the body weight off the joint and allow it to move more freely.
We at Haym Salomon Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Brooklyn, NY, offer restorative therapies to patients after joint replacement surgery. Contact us to find out more about our treatment and care services.