We help you prepare for and recover after hip or knee replacement surgery. We offer an outpatient home safety assessment prior to your surgery and one to two post-op home visits to help you transition back to your home, along with personalized exercise programs. Following your in-home visits, you're scheduled in one of our outpatient physical therapy clinics for the remainder of your post-op therapy.
Physical Therapy for Joint Replacement
Pain and stiffness from advanced hip or knee arthritis can bring your active life to a grinding halt. And while joint replacement surgery can restore your ability to move pain free, it takes work on your part to get the most benefit.
The physical therapists in our joint replacement program are pros at coaching you through the process. We'll get you in shape for surgery and create a safe, personalized post-op exercise program to shorten your recovery time. The exercises play a key role in strengthening muscles, improving balance and regaining maximum range of motion.
Why Depend on Us for Joint Replacement Rehabilitation?
We're dedicated to getting you back on your feet as safely and quickly as possible after your knee or hip replacement surgery. You should choose us because:
We're part of Maryland's top joint replacement program. More patients in Maryland choose Luminis Health for joint replacement surgery. That kind of volume gives us a wealth of experience guiding patients like you through recovery.
Our physical therapists specialize in joint replacement. Helping people who've had joint replacement surgery achieve optimal results is our sole focus. Because of that narrow focus, our physical therapists are experts in all aspects of recovery after joint replacement. We use all types of treatment techniques, including hands-on techniques, to help improve movement in your joint. And we advise you on wound care, post-op precautions and how to safely resume activity. Plus we'll customize a rehab program specifically for you. Altogether, this gives you the best chance of reaching your goals for life after your surgery.
We'll work seamlessly with the rest of your care team. Unlike other clinics, our physical therapists stay in touch with your surgeon. This ensures you get the most appropriate care during each stage of your recovery. We can securely send photos of your incision to your surgeon through your electronic chart. We'll also work closely with the nurse navigator who coordinates your care.
We'll help you connect with patients like yourself. Research shows that patients who take part in group rehabilitation end up better off than those who attend traditional rehab. For example, they report less pain, have greater range of motion in the joint and experience increased quadriceps strength, too. We've suspended knee and hip replacement groups during COVID, but we plan to offer them again soon.
We have clinics in many locations. Because you can choose from any of our clinics, you won't have to travel too far for rehab.
What to Expect
Step one is a presurgery evaluation and home assessment. A physical therapist visits you at your home and tells you and your caregiver what to expect after surgery. Your therapist also teaches you how to go up and down stairs with an assistive device, such as a cane. Plus, you'll get advice about changes that will make your home safer for you after your surgery. If you need any other aids, such as a raised toilet seat, your therapist shares that with your surgical care team.
During this appointment, we'll do a physical evaluation to measure your strength. This gives us the information we need to create a post-op rehab exercise program that's customized to your unique needs.
We'll visit you at home again the day after you're discharged from the hospital or surgery center. The therapist makes sure you're able to get up and around and do daily activities. We'll also check your incision. If there's any sign of a problem, your therapist takes a photo to send your surgeon through our secure electronic charting system.
These home visits are an extension of our outpatient physical therapy services and are covered by all insurances, including Medicare part B.
After one or two home visits, you'll start attending rehab sessions at one of our clinics. How often and for how long depends on the type of surgery and other factors. Generally, we recommend you go two or three times per week, for six to 12 weeks depending on your joint replacement.