Have you had or are you waiting for a Joint Replacement? Rehabing and recovering from procedures suchs as hip or knee replacements are very important to maintain and in most cases improve your mobility and way of life. With advancements in surgical procedures and physiotherapy, patients of Tsawwassen Sports & Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Clinic are able to get to an active more fulfilling lifestyle.
The physiotherapy techniques we use at Tsawwassen Sports & Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Clinic are: manual therapy, IMS (Dry Needling), electrical modalities, acupuncture, traction, taping, shockwave and a condition-specific exercise program for all.
Here are 4 tips for rehabing and recovering from joint replacement.
1. Protect your new hips and knee. Joint replacements require precautions and restrictions in movement. Based on instruction from your surgeon, your physiotherapist will advise you on activity and exercise from day 1 to maximize your function within the restrictions.
2. Increase your strength. Seek to gradually do 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week, even in ten-minute bouts. Physiotherapists and surgeons recommend walking, cycling, swimming, water exercises, golf and weight training to start. With experience, you can resume skating, skiing and Pilates exercise. Your physiotherapist can provide you with an exercise program that helps regain your strength, flexibility and balance needed to safely resume these and other recreational activities.
3. Don’t stress out your new joints. Activities that are stressful on your new joints or put you at risk for injury are NOT recommended. These include high impact and contact sports like baseball, basketball, jogging, racquet sports, soccer and hockey. Your physiotherapist will advise you on the best activity and exercise options from day one to maximize your day-to-day function and overall fitness within the restrictions.
4. Following surgery, use walking aids. Do not progress off walking aids too soon as limping puts abnormal forces through your new joint and other joints in your legs and back. Work closely with your physiotherapist to find the right pace at which to increase your walking and reduce your need for walking aids.
Tsawwassen Sports & Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Clinic specializes in physiotherapy on patients who have had joint replacement and want to get on with live.