Physical therapy plays a key role in the rehabilitation of people who have received a total joint replacement of the knee, hip, or shoulder. Joint replacement physical therapy can also benefit people who are limited in their daily lives due to joint pain from all types of arthritis.
Physical therapy helps restore range of motion, strength, mobility, flexibility, endurance, self-care skills, and the ability to perform prior activities. A physical therapist can provide you with the education needed to walk and climb stairs, get in and out of a chair or car, tie your shoes, and other daily activities. Assistive devices such as canes and walkers are also common with joint replacement surgery, and Alpha PT therapists can identify the correct device to meet your specific needs.
Often, total joint replacement surgery is recommended when people have:
- Severe joint damage due to osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
- Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the hip
- Congenital malalignment or dislocation
- Severe knee, hip, or shoulder pain causing difficulty with mobility, daily activities, or occupational requirements
- Severe trauma to the joint that cannot be addressed through less invasive methods
Contact us about rehabilitation of your hip, knee, or shoulder replacement:
- What to expect before and after surgery
- How to know when you are ready for a total joint replacement
- How physical therapy can help you prepare for surgery
- How physical therapy can help you get back to doing the things you love in life
- Preparing for your return home
- Helpful tips for assistive devices