Seasonal and local residents choose NCH as their medical destination for joint replacement surgery. The highly skilled physical therapists at NCH Outpatient Rehabilitation are experienced in working with you regarding your pre and/or post joint replacement therapy program. We understand that painful knee, hip, or shoulder joint can affect your mobility and limit your participation in everyday activities. Your physical therapist can contribute to your successful recovery prior to and after joint replacement surgery. We work with local and out of state physicians regarding your plan of care.Rehabilitation prior to joint replacement surgery (Pre-operative):
Prior to your joint replacement surgery, discuss the recovery and rehabilitation process with your orthopedic surgeon. Ask if physical therapy prior to your surgery is an appropriate treatment strategy for you. Your surgeon may decide that pre-operative physical therapy can complement your recovery plan. The skilled physical therapists at NCH will provide conditioning exercises to improve strength prior to surgery. Pre-operative physical therapy offers patients the opportunity to familiarize themselves with exercises, discuss assistive devices, and learn about the physical therapy process. Education about your condition and what to expect during your post-operative outpatient physical therapy program will be provided to help put you at ease prior to surgery. Rehabilitation after joint replacement surgery (Post-operative):
The goal of physical therapy after joint replacement surgery is to help restore you to your highest level of function, improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Our experienced physical therapists complete a thorough evaluation and will discuss your goals post-operatively in order to develop a treatment program best suited to your individual needs. Your therapy program can also include gait training, balance, and functional training.
Patient and family education is also provided. While our therapists provide encouragement as you work toward your goals, commitment and active involvement also plays a key role in recovery. Because we understand the link between mobility and living a healthy lifestyle, our focus is to return you to the activities you enjoy.
We look forward to helping you with a successful recovery. Contact the NCH Outpatient Rehab Department