surgery, physical therapy strengthens the muscle surrounding the joint being replaced, while working on increasing range of motion and stabilization to improve post surgical outcomes. A post operative treatment protocol helps regain the prior level of function and performance.
Joint pain is often caused by the degeneration of the protective layer of cartilage that covers the bones, which allows for the bones to move smoothly, within the joint. Patients with this condition often have complaints of stiffness and or pain within the joint, and limited range of motion.
In addition to medications to provide symptomatic pain relief, physical therapy is indicated to strengthen the muscle surrounding the shoulder and correct dysfunctional movement patterns, all while improving the range of motion.
If the non-surgical approach was not successful and a total joint replacement was performed physical therapy should begin shortly after surgery. A post operative treatment protocol is essential for your return to prior level of function and to optimize performance.
Some of the common joint replacements we treat are:
- Total joint arthroplasty of the trapeziometacarpal joint (Thumb)
- Total Shoulder Replacement
- Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
- Total Elbow Replacement
- Total Hip Replacement
- Anterior approach
- Posterior approach
- Total Knee Replacement
- Unicompartmental Knee Replacement
- Total Ankle Replacement