Role of Physiotherapy in Joint Replacement Surgery

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Role of Physiotherapy in Joint Replacement Surgery

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Arthritis and joint pain are common problems faced by people across the world. Though there are a number of treatments to alleviate pain, patients suffering from chronic conditions may opt to undergo a Joint Replacement surgery for increased normal daily function. However, it is essential to take a number of steps after surgery, to ensure that you heal well, and can move around like before, a major step being physiotherapy. Without physiotherapy treatment, your implant or prosthesis may not make a difference in allowing for movement, reversing the effects of surgery. Here is why you shouldn’t miss out on Physiotherapy after Joint Replacement.

What does Physiotherapy involve?

Physiotherapy is a rehabilitation process, where mobility is gradually restored to the joint and muscle, following a Joint Replacement Surgery. The intensity of Physiotherapy exercises is slowly increased, right from the first-day post surgery, until the patient has completely recovered. It essentially consists of some exercises to practice regularly at home, by yourself, as well as daily or weekly sessions conducted by a physiotherapist, as required. During Physiotherapy, you can either opt for an at-home Physiotherapist, who regularly comes to your home to conduct exercises and therapy, or you can opt to visit a Physiotherapy Centre. It is essential to only do the exercises recommended by a trained professional, as you may end up injuring your artificial joint without the guidance of an expert.

What are some Physiotherapy exercises?

Some of the exercises your doctor may recommend are:

  • Standing and walking slowly, right after the operation
  • Pumping the ankles
  • Tense and relax the thighs
  • Stretching and walking exercises

What are the benefits of Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy has a number of benefits, aiding in the outcome of Joint Replacement Surgery

  • Improves blood circulation
    Sitting around for long periods of time, after Joint Replacement Surgery, can increase the risk of blood clots around the artificial joint. Keeping the joint active enhances circulation and prevents you from developing complications.
  • Restores movement
    By gradually building up movement in the joint, you can increase the range of motion, and go back to normal function by the time you recover.
  • Treats pain and swelling
    You are likely to experience some pain and swelling after Joint Replacement surgery. Physical therapy improves blood circulation and promotes healing, which helps alleviate pain and reduce swelling.
  • Build strength in the Joint
    Physiotherapy ensures that the joints and surrounding muscles are strong enough to support the implant and allow for your desired level of activity.
  • Faster Recovery
    Keeping the joint active after surgery enables a much faster recovery, which gets you back to normal daily function and activity level as fast as possible.

If you suffer from arthritis or joint pain, make sure to consult an experienced specialist who can efficiently conduct treatment and guide you on the recovery process with ease. Bone and Joint 360 has delivered consistent healthcare to patients from across the globe. Dr. Santosh Shetty is among the foremost, highly-skilled Joint Replacement surgeons, renowned for his expertise in the industry. He seamlessly blends cutting-edge technology with advanced techniques, for flawless Joint Replacement Surgeries that harness success at every step. With an accurate diagnosis and superior treatments, we enhance each patient’s quality of life. Book an appointment with our team for world-class treatments.

Dr. Santosh Shetty
Dr. Santosh Shetty
Specialist in Joint Replacement and Trauma Surgery with more than 15 years of experience.
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