Physiotherapy After Joint Replacement Treatment

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Physiotherapy Exercise After Joint Replacement

Once you back home, physical therapy exercise is still important to prevent complications and to build strength, as well as improve the motion of your damaged part. This will help you to increase your activity level to what it was before surgery.

You will probably be started off with gentle exercises in bed to regain your range of movement in the joint and muscle strength. If you have had surgery on your knee you may be put onto a continuous massive motion (CPM) machine. You will be moved onto weight bearing exercises as soon as possible, but this will depend on the kind of surgery you have had and your general health.
Exercises you perform after surgery help strengthen your knee and improve flexibility so that you can get back on your feet faster. They also increase your chances of long-term satisfaction with your artificial knee. It is important to commit to a rehab plan and work with your surgeon and physical therapist to continuously set goals.

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The physiotherapy rehabilitation routine has 4 components:

  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Transfer training
  • Gait training
  • Instruction in the activities of daily living