Our joints are part of literally every action we take, from talking and eating to getting out of bed, grabbing something with our hands, and walking down the street. Joint pain and other issues can result from a number of different causes, and there are many methods of treatment to help you recover.
Let’s examine why physical therapy is so important in your journey to recover from a joint replacement by looking at the reasons you may get this surgery done, how it is performed, and how physical therapy helps you get better.
There are a number of things that can damage joints enough for partial or total replacement to be necessary, including:
In many cases, this surgery requires a hospital stay, and begins with you receiving an anesthetic — which can be either regional (you being awake) or general (you being asleep). We shave any excess hair from the surgery site and clean the area of skin, and then make an 8-12-inch incision into the joint.
Next, we remove the damaged bone and tissue, and insert the artificial joint — the specifics depending on which joint is being replaced, and whether or not it is a partial or total replacement. Once done, we close the incision with staples or stitches, and apply dressing and bandages.
Afterwards we bring you to the recovery room, and look after you to ensure blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing remain stable. You stay for a few days, and soon enough, the work of recovery begins.
An important facet of recovery is regaining mobility and full range of motion, and physical therapy plays a major role in this part of the process.
How severe the damage to joints will determine when therapy starts, but keeping the joint in motion is vital to restoring full function, and to accomplish that we offer massage, heat and cold therapy, hydrotherapy, strength training, stretching, TENS stimulation, and regenerative medicine. A combination of these tools and a variety of exercise regimens are essential to building up stability, strength, and full movement in joints.
Replacing the injured joint is an important step to better health, but physical therapy helps to get the most use out of the joint once surgery is finished. Make an appointment today with Dr. Daniels and his team at Southwest Orthopedic Associates today to start recovery with the best foot forward.