Joint Replacements

Joint Replacements

Prior management – When you are at the point of considering a joint replacement, there are many factors which determine the timeframe of the surgery.  I can help you manage the pain and limitations up until the point of surgery along with maintaining as much strength and range of motion as possible to help improve post op recovery.

Post Op rehab – I can continue care post op to help recovery from the surgery and clean up any additional limitations from pre-op evaluation.

Full resolution – After the initial pain and swelling reduce and the incision heals, attention must be paid to improving strength and flexibility, not letting any areas lag behind.  Cookie cutter exercise programs can leave the weakest spots neglected, creating muscle imbalances which can cause problems later on.  Integrating reaction time and balance, especially for fall risk, is key and often not emphasized enough.  The finishing touches of strength and endurance are also overlooked, we can may additional attention to return to sport and recreational activities to make sure the joint is fully able to withstand the stresses, and not pass the load onto another area of the body and cause another problem.

Persistent problems – If you have had a joint replacement and have persistent problems, we can perform an evaluation to determine if there is a motion restriction which needs to be worked out or if there is a persistent weakness which is causing your body to sort of splint the area and not allow full function.  If you feel that the area never fully recovered and other body areas are suffering, we can create a program which accommodates all limitations.