WHY PHYSICAL THERAPY IS KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL JOINT REPLACEMENT
Joint replacement surgery can help you get back to an active life and reduce pain you’ve had leading up to your procedure. While the procedure is extremely important and helpful, your care does not end there. Physical therapy can help ensure a successful joint replacement that lasts.
Learn more by calling us at Cape Fear Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Our team of musculoskeletal experts understands the widespread impact that joint pain can have on your life. To restore mobility and get back to pain-free movement, we can help improve your range of motion and provide pain relief.
STARTING PHYSICAL THERAPY AFTER JOINT REPLACEMENT
The purpose of physical therapy is to help you achieve the best possible physical function of your body. Your physical therapist will go over your medical history, including your joint replacement surgery at your first appointment. At this time we assess factors such as your current balance capabilities, range of motion, physical strength, motor function, and coordination.
With this exam, we are able to create a customized plan. This plan will be a combination of care in the office and exercises for you to do at home.
HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY HELPS AFTER JOINT REPLACEMENT SURGERY
Prioritizing physical therapy after joint replacement surgery is one way to help ensure a successful surgery. The specialized care of physical therapy can help bring about the following benefits:
- Build up of strength in the joint and surrounding muscles
- Improve circulation, to prevent blood clots
- Improve mobility of the joint
- Reduce post-surgical pain and swelling
All of these benefits contribute to being able to live life normally sooner and with a lower risk of injury. The more stable, flexible, and strong you are physically, the less likely you’ll be to take a spill or pull a muscle. Any fall, even minor can slow down a recovery process. In severe cases, such incidents can lead to bone fractures or joint displacement.
CONVENIENCE AND CARING STAFF
The most noticeable benefits of physical therapy occur if you stick to the recommended treatment plan. Once you start feeling better, it is important to keep scheduled appointments unless instructed otherwise.
Keep up with home exercises, and let your physical therapist know if you are struggling at all. If a particular motion feels painful, it is important to discuss that so your therapist can make any needed adaptations.
At Cape Fear Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, we understand that joint pain can make simple, everyday activities challenging.
Our specialty-trained doctors are recognized experts in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic conditions and injuries. When you are seen by one of our experts, you know that you are being treated by an experienced doctor who is focused and dedicated to providing you exceptional orthopedic care.
Our experts understand that proper diagnosis is paramount in determining the most effective treatment plan for your individual condition. For a consultation with one of our providers, call us at (910) 484-2171.