A Patient's Guide After Joint Replacement PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 October 2010 03:18

happyHaving your joint replaced is just the first step to a pain free and active lifestyle. The success of your joint replacement will strongly depend on how well you follow your orthopaedic surgeon’s instructions. For you to be able to regain full recovery you will need to actively participate in your healing process.


Most patients are surprised when they are asked to get up and start moving on the second day of having a total joint replacement procedure. Physical therapy is a key part of your recovery. The earlier you move the joint the quicker you can regain independence. Your physical therapist will recommend certain exercises for the affected joint and will also discuss rehabilitation plans upon discharge from the hospital. Pain medication will be given to you before therapy to help ease any pain or discomfort. Depending on your limitations, an occupational therapist can provide instructions on how to use certain devises that can assist with your daily activities such as bathing, or putting on your socks.

hikingAfter your joint replacement procedure, your orthopedic surgeon, nurses and physical therapists will closely monitor your condition and progress. As time passes, you should experience a dramatic reduction in joint pain and a significant improvement in your ability to participate in daily activities.

When your condition stabilizes, the physical therapist assigned to you will bring you out for short walks using your crutches or walker. Strengthening exercises will be incorporated in your daily routine to improve your range of motion. Your therapist will also require you to do endurance exercises such as stationary biking and lap swimming and some balancing exercises to further help you stabilize and regain control of your operated joint. Usually a patient is given specific exercises to simulate particular work or hobby demands.

Links to Activities and Exercise Guides after Joint Replacement


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