Physical Therapy after Joint Replacement

Physical therapy can make a long recovery process smoother for joint replacement patients.

After your big surgery, we know you are looking forward to finally being able to move freely and comfortably again. After all, joints that ache and stiffen are the reason you went under the knife to begin with. Unfortunately, the results of a joint replacement are not instantaneous. You'll have to endure a recovery process while your body adjusts to the new joint. Wondering how you can make this time of healing shorter and easier? Long-term Physical therapy is the best choice you can make during this time. Here's what you should know:

Physical therapy protects your body. Certain movements aren't safe immediately after a joint replacement. Your physical therapist will guide you in the ways you can and cannot use your joint at different phases in your recovery.

Physical therapy strengthens your body. Regaining strength and comfort will be two goals during your recovery. With the assistance of a professional, you'll learn which exercises are best for your body during this time.

Physical therapy is difficult. Many days, your physical therapy will be painful or exhausting. You should be ready to face the challenge. In the long run, these hard moments will all be worth it.

Patients who skip physical therapy, or end it too soon, may end up needing another surgery. It can be dangerous to try to lead your own recovery without the observations, advice, and care of a physical therapist. Doing so will often lead to injury or a poorly functioning joint. Get it right the first time, and don't skimp on your therapy.

Physical therapy is essential to the success of your joint replacement surgery. Have you found the right rehabilitation center for you? Medical Center of Lewisville offers both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Learn more about the Human Motion Institute at Medical Center of Lewisville. If you have any questions or need a referral, call 972-420-1800.

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