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How to Speed your Recovery after Joint Replacement Surgery

Almost one million hip and knee replacements are performed in the United States each year. That means that someone reading this article is likely to have a joint replacement surgery or know someone who will. Joint replacement surgery is a personal choice that you make with your doctor based on your pain level and how much your joint problem is limiting your life. But there are things that you can do to help increase the chance that your recovery will go as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Be Prepared -

  1. Understand that you will be moving very soon after your surgery. The reason for this is that it has been found that getting moving soon after surgery improves outcomes for people having joint replacement. So, being mentally prepared for this will help you move forward in your recovery.

  2. Be sure that you are moving your knee frequently as directed by your health care team. You will be given a list of exercises to work on and these exercises are important to keep up with at the frequency that is directed. These exercises are key to keeping the swelling in your limb minimized and to get the joint moving.

  3. ICE! - you will most likely be directed to ice the joint intermittently. This helps greatly with pain management. There are a variety of ways this occurs- either through hi tech machines that circulate very cold water, or with simple ice packs. What ever you are using, be sure to keep up with the schedule recommended. It will help with pain and contribute to help reduce swelling.

  4. Pre-Hab- What we find is that people who make an investment in getting in the best physical condition that they can prior to surgery have a smoother time in recovery. The Arthritis Foundation notes that people who participate in Pre-Hab may have shorter hospital stays and fewer rehabilitation visits.

We are used to working with folks who are experiencing pain and limitation due to arthritis. And we understand how to maximize strength and mobility while limiting flares in arthritis pain. The folks we work with to develop these programs are able to improve strength, flexibility and endurance. And, improving these aspects of their health improves their ability to “bounce back” after surgery. I

If you are looking at a joint replacement in the future making an investment in Pre-Hab may benefit you. If you are interested in learning more about how Pre-hab Click below. We are happy to schedule a discovery assessment to let you know how we feel that we can help you prepare for the best outcome possible after joint replacement. Click Here For Discovery Visit

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