Joint Replacement Physical Therapy Specialist in Hinsdale, IL
Joint replacement physical therapy is an essential component of the healing procedure after joint replacement surgery. The major objectives of joint replacement physical therapy are to assist individuals restore range of motion and strength in their operative limbs. Physical therapy for joint replacement needs to start as quickly as feasible following surgery to prevent long-term impairment of motion. Dr. OmarHussien, PT, MSc, DPT, at Progressive Physical Therapy will develop a treatment plan for you that will help you regain your flexibility, strength, durability, and overall performance. For more information, contact us today or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 15 Spinning Wheel Road Ste. 24 Hinsdale, IL 60521.
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Joint replacements can be life-changing surgeries but require proper healing and rehabilitation supported by an experienced physical therapist to restore full function to the affected joint.
The rehabilitation required following a joint replacement surgery will look a bit different depending on the type of joint that had been replaced, but will typically include physical therapy, management of pain, and steps to allow the patient to safely return to the daily activities in which they had previously been engaging before surgery. The rehabilitation will not only look different depending on the surgical procedure that had been performed but will also vary from patient to patient to accommodate each individual’s specific needs, goals, and lifestyle.
To ensure that the patient recovers as efficiently and safely as possible from their joint replacement surgery, the rehabilitative process will likely commence the day following the surgery, or at least within a couple of days. Any exercises or stretches will be completed with the supervision and expertise of a physical therapist to prevent any injuries or damage from occurring and to ensure that the movement of the replaced joint occurs as gradually as necessary to heal properly. The rehabilitation must be started as early as possible for patients to ensure that there is sufficient blood flow to the new joint and surrounding body parts to support a healthy healing process.
Exercising almost immediately following a joint replacement surgery is not only safe but heavily encouraged to ensure that the joint can heal properly and restore function to the joint. However, each patient will be provided with several exercises and limitations to the speed or frequency that they can include in their exercises to ensure that the joint is healing properly without incurring new or more damage. Many of these exercises will include functional movement of the joint, with the exercises also being low impact and low loads for the joint. Initial exercises will be supervised by a physical therapist and will need to be continued daily with or without supervision, depending on what is recommended for each case. The physical therapist will make it very clear to the patient which movements are encouraged and recommended, and which movements should be avoided until the joint has fully healed, with great precautions being taken so as not to overwork or overstress the new joint.
The length of time for which an individual patient will have to continue receiving physical therapy following a knee replacement surgery will vary from person to person, with most patients continuing to work with their physical therapist for anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. After this point, the patient can be deemed fit to continue completing their recommended exercises and stretches without needing supervision or physical support from their physical therapist. Most patients will likely continue to do the recommended exercises and stretch multiple times per week for at least 8 months following the surgery. The timeline of rehabilitation and physical therapy following a knee replacement surgery will predominantly depend on the age of the patient, as well as their overall health, with those who are younger and healthier likely recovering a bit faster than others.
Physical therapy is highly recommended following any joint replacement surgeries including a knee replacement as it is necessary to support the proper healing and functioning of the new joint. Strengthening the muscles surrounding the new joint is necessary to ensure that the joint functions properly and allows for it to be used normally for many years to follow. Also, a lack of movement, stretching, or exercising can lead to the development of scar tissue around the new joint, restricting how much the joint will be able to move and causing the surrounding muscles to weaken, leading to further joint problems down the road. A lack of use of the surrounding tissues and muscles can also cause them to atrophy, causing further problems as well. The surgical site also requires a sufficient amount of blood flow to heal efficiently, so physical therapy will include exercises that encourage proper blood flow to the new joint and surrounding areas of the body.
Progressive Physical Therapy offers competent physical therapy that can significantly improve your recovery. For more information, contact us today or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 15 Spinning Wheel Road Ste. 24 Hinsdale, IL 60521. We serve patients from La Grange IL, Westmont IL, Lombard IL, Downers Grove IL, Elmhurst IL, and surrounding areas.