The primary joints involved in replacement surgeries are currently the knee and hip. Recent advances have been made in shoulder, elbow and ankle replacements, though these joints are replaced less frequently than the knee and hip.
Usually after undergoing a joint replacement, the patient is hospitalized for several days and then either sent home or to a rehab facility. There may be a short course of home physical therapy before outpatient therapy is started. This is where our facility comes in. We usually first see the patient 1-3 weeks post-operatively. Our primary goal in therapy is to restore normal motion and regain strength in the musculature around the surgical area. By doing this, pain and dysfunction are minimized and the patient can return to their normal activities.