Knee replacement surgery is one of the most common total-joint replacement
surgeries done today. In fact, studies by the
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons show that approximately 581,000 knee replacements are performed each year
in the United States. Physical therapy is a crucial part of the recovery
process, and most patients use a continuous passive motion machine immediately
after surgery. The machine is designed to slowly move the knee to restore
function, decrease swelling, and improve circulation.
Physical therapy provides evaluation and treatment services to help restore
function for individuals following a joint replacement procedure or those
patients suffering from impairments that limit their mobility. These rehabilitation
treatments are designed to improve one’s balance, strength, endurance,
cognition, and overall safety.
Here at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, our
Center for Fitness and Rehabilitation provides physical therapy and rehabilitation services to help patients
increase their mobility, restore movement, and strengthen their joints
total knee replacement. We also provide functional assessments, functional training, discharge
planning, guided home physical therapy programs, and educational services
to help patients and their families understand the steps necessary to
recondition one’s joints following a replacement procedure.
Without proper rehabilitation or physical therapy, patients who have undergone
a total knee replacement are at risk for re-injury, decreased range of
motion, joint stiffness, and lack of mobility. It is not uncommon for
an individual to suffer from minor muscle atrophy following a joint replacement
procedure. Fortunately, physical therapy programs can help rebuild weakened
muscles in order to support the knee joint and provide stability to other
Whether you are interested in inpatient rehabilitation or outpatient physical
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is here to help. For more information, visit our website or contact us
at (818) 676-4000.