Rehabilitation Aids Joint Replacement Recovery

Joint replacement surgery is a true wonder of modern medicine.

When diseases like arthritis degrade joints in the hip, knee or shoulder – replacing the joint can add years of pain-free mobility. But it is a major surgical procedure that needs careful post-surgical care. And rehabilitation is a key part.

The HealthSouth joint replacement rehabilitation program is custom-designed to:

  • Strengthen the repairing bone around the replaced joint
  • Keep muscles strong and healthy
  • Manage the pain of recovery 
  • Improve mobility, range of motion and dexterity

Joint replacement therapy can help build strength and relieve pain.

Joint Replacement

Rehabilitation plays a vital role in recovery from total joint replacement: including the knee, hip and shoulder. At HealthSouth rehabilitation builds strength, promotes healing and helps maximize range of motion.

How do I know if I need to have my joint replaced?

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, you should consult a doctor about joint replacement surgery.

After looking at the joint, the doctor may recommend exercise, walking aids such as braces or canes, physical therapy, or medicines and vitamin supplements. Joint replacement is often the answer for constant pain and mobility issues – for example, if you have trouble with things such as walking, climbing stairs and taking a bath.

Joint replacement rehabilitation

Life after orthopedic surgery is a challenging and demanding experience. After joint replacement surgery, rehabilitation assists patients in setting and achieving goals to maximize recovery and independence.

HealthSouth treats patients recovering from the following surgeries:

  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Arm replacement surgery
  • Elbow replacement surgery
  • Hand replacement surgery
  • Wrist replacement surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery

Resources for joint replacement patients

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), a medical organization for orthopedic surgeons, provides patient information on injuries and diseases of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and more.

Find AAOS resources for joint replacement patients


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