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Joint Replacement

Learn more about the types of therapy provided by Rehabilitation Services during and after total joint replacement surgeries.

Total Joint Replacement

Occupational and physical therapists can work with patients before and after total joint replacement surgeries to help them recover and regain function and mobility after surgery. Before your surgery, your physician may suggest that you attend a pre-operative class. At this class you will be introduced to the use of adaptive equipment, assistive devices and functional exercise programs that are designed to speed your recovery and build confidence and independence.

Occupational therapists work with a variety of orthopedic patients—most commonly people who have had knee and hip replacement surgeries and various shoulder surgeries. The purpose of occupational therapy is to provide patients with a set of skills to make them as independent as possible while caring for themselves following surgery. Therapists provide these patients with training in activities of daily living, the importance of surgery-specific precautions, maintaining proper body mechanics and the use of adaptive equipment such as reachers or long handled shoehorns.

Physical therapy is an integral part of acute-care rehabilitation after hip and knee joint replacement surgery. Following surgery, your physical therapist will assist you with exercises and mobility training. The goal of therapy is to help you feel comfortable getting in and out of bed, walking with an assistive device and completing an exercise program. Your physical therapist will also recommend the appropriate level of support and assistance to ensure your continued progress and a safe transition home.

Last UpdateMarch 25, 2011