The Importance of Physical Therapy after Total-Joint Replacement Surgery
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 following a 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 crucial tissues.
Whether you are interested in inpatient rehabilitation or outpatient physical therapy services, West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is here to help. For more information, visit our website or contact us at (818) 676-4000.