Most people each year undergo joint replacement surgery whether it’s their hip, knee or shoulder, but what happens next? The recovery and rehabilitation therapy following a joint replacement plays a crucial role in how quickly you can recover from the surgery. A planned and effective joint replacement rehabilitation will result in the best possible outcome in recovery.
Physical therapy plays a key role in joint replacement rehab. The goal of physical therapy is to help patients gain mobility and flexibility, improve strength and independence to carry out daily routine activities. Physical therapy helps the patient to become accustomed to the prosthetic joint. The exercises included in the therapy help in strengthening the muscles and tissues surrounding the new joint. In some cases, assistive devices are also used to facilitate the treatment process.
Apart from exercise, physical therapy in Palm Desert, CA also includes other modalities for decreasing pain and inflammation related to the surgery. These include heat, ice, massage, stimulation, ultrasound and traction. The ultimate goal of all these is to mobilize the patient and the joint as soon as possible.
The focus of physical therapy is to help you gain back your activity level, and to make your new joint better than the old one. Your physical therapist at Palm Desert, CA will tailor few exercises to match your specific needs. Your customized program will include range of motion exercises, muscle strengthening exercises, balance training exercises and functional training exercises. All therapy sessions are individualized to meet the specific needs of each patient. Depending upon the requirements of your job, your physical therapist at Palm Desert, CA will include an additional rehab process that is tailored to your job activities. Safety concerns are of utmost priority, at New Beginning Physical Therapy in Palm Desert, CA, we ensure that all the exercises are supervised by trained and expert physical therapists.