Joint replacement, such as knee or hip, is a major surgery. You may be wondering how you’ll ever get back on your feet again. It’s important to know that your recovery is equally as important as the procedure. For proper replacement recovery, your rehabilitation begins almost immediately when you wake up from surgery.
Your therapy team’s main priority in the first 24 hours is helping you stand and walk using assistive devices such as a walker, crutches or a cane. You can expect to remain in the hospital where your surgery took place for three to four days. Your physician will work closely with your therapy team to determine when you are ready to transition to another care setting for continued rehabilitation, such as a skilled nursing facility, an inpatient rehabilitation facility or home with home health.
Once you transition from the hospital, your therapy team may be made up of both physical and occupational therapists. Your physical therapist will work with you on strengthening your muscles and increasing range of motion, while your occupational therapist can help you address ways to get in and out of your bed or a chair and learn how to navigate your daily hygiene routine. From the time you begin more intensive rehabilitation on, you should have less pain and be feeling more independent as each week passes, if you remain consistent with your treatment plan.
Additionally, your care may include:
- Education on rehabilitation and proper ways to change bandages/dressings for both you and your loved ones
- Healthy lifestyle programs to decrease stress
- Nutrition assessments to aid in weight reduction to promote muscle development and bone strength
- Exercise routine tailored to your needs and abilities
Whether you are receiving care in one of our healthcare facilities, or at home, our expert team of medical professionals and therapists work with you and your loved ones to ensure smooth transitions between your levels of care.
Typical conditions that would benefit from therapy:
- Post-surgical hip, knee, joint replacement/repair, spine surgery or vertebral fusion
- Musculoskeletal disorders including:
- degenerative joint disease
- rheumatoid arthritis
- Orthopedic injury
At Kindred, we offer rehabilitation services in the following care settings: