Rehab After Surgery- Getting Maximum Mobility
September 4, 2018
Joint replacement surgery has become a common procedure for persons with knee and hip problems. Rehab and recovery following surgery play an important role in helping the person achieve maximum mobility.
Successful knee replacement requires a considerable investment of time and energy in rehabilitation following the surgery. Rehabilitation begins in the hospital, usually the day after surgery.
Recovery from knee replacement surgery requires a series of sessions with a physical therapist. Physical therapy exercises focus on building strength and regaining flexibility. The physical therapist may also use techniques such as massage and application of cold to minimize swelling, which interferes with flexibility.
Rehabilitation after hip replacement surgery may vary depending on whether the surgeon used cement or cementless methods to attach the joint replacement surfaces. Whether your surgeon used cement also determines how much weight you can put on your leg. Your surgeon will let you and your rehab team know what limitations you have.
In general, most people get out of bed with help on the day after surgery. Over the next few days, you will learn how to walk with a walker or crutches. Your physical therapist and sometimes an occupational therapist will teach you how to exercise, walk, and do activities such as dressing and cooking while you allow your hip to heal.
Abernethy Laurels Rehabilitation Services department offers traditional as well as advanced clinical therapy programs. Getting people back on track for their normal lifestyle is the goal our staff sets for people recovering from joint replacement surgery. Services integrate nursing care, therapy, activities, dietary, and other departments to enhance the function of each patient.
For more information about Abernethy Laurels' rehabilitation services and the admission process, contact Lisa Union, Director of Transitional Services, at 828-465-8532.
Taken in part from Johns Hopkins Healthalerts.com and arthritis.webmd.com