Adirondack PT: Joint Replacement

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Knee Replacements The physical therapists at Adirondack Physical and OccupationalTherapywillwant todiscussyour total knee replacementbeforesurgery.Thiswillhelp them assessyourpre-operativephysicalfitness,your range ofmotionandmobility.Theywillbeable to talkabout ways you can increase your fitness before surgery and construct a post-operative physical therapy plan that is right foryou.Onceyouhave thesurgery, our physical therapists will work with you to restore strength and range of motion to your knee. They will use manual therapy, massage, ultrasound and hot/cold therapy as pain management techniques to minimize your discomfort as you heal. They will alsoprescribeexercisesandstretches todoathome to extend physical therapy’s benefits.

Whether you are looking at having a total joint replacement in your knee, hip, shoulder or thumb, you are probably worried about your recovery. You know you’re in pain now, but what will it be like to try to get back to “normal” after surgery? Will physical therapy be painful? Will you ever have full strength, flexibility or range of motion again? The goodnews is,AdirondackPhysicalandOccupational Therapy is ready tohelp you recover after your total joint replacement surgery. Call us to schedule your consultation and find out more about what you can expect in your case. In the meantime, here is what everyone should know. Starting physical and occupational therapy early is the key. Regardless of the type of surgery you are facing, starting physical and occupational therapy long before you think you’re “ready” is the key to a

full recovery. In many cases, you will begin physical therapy on a total knee or hip replacement as soon as theanesthesiahaswornoff.A therapistwillwork with you to stand, walk with assistance, get from thebed to thebathroom,andperformbasicphysical tasks thatwillhelpyou functiononceyougethome. If you have a total shoulder or thumb replacement, you will begin physical therapy within a day or two of your surgery to help prevent scar tissue buildup in these commonly used joints. The typeof therapyyouneedwilldependon thebody partbeing replaced. Like itornot,havinga totalknee replacement is different from having a total thumb joint replacement. Not only is the surgical process different,but theamountofhospitalizationand types therapy also vary greatly from one joint to another.



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Hip Replacements One of the biggest challenges after a total hip replacement is standing and walking, two components of nearly every activity in our daily lives. Our physical and occupational therapists can provide you with tools and tips to make standing and walking easier while you complete your personalized treatment plan. Not only will physical therapy focus on strengthening your leg and increase your range of motion in your hip, but it will also focus on strengthening the stabilizing muscles in your core that hold your hip in an optimal place. At each stage, our physical therapist will address pain management with massage, ultrasound and hot and cold therapies. They will also prescribe strength, flexibility, and range of motion exercises in a step-by-step progression. You may be asked to do several active exercises and passive pain relieving techniques on your own to augment the results you see in physical therapy. Shoulder Replacement Due to the complex nature of the shoulder, you may spend the first several days with an immobilizing splint on your arm to prevent movement in the shoulder. Once you have been cleared for physical therapy, our therapists will begin working with you to minimize scar tissue, improve strength and increase your range of motion. Your specific exercise program will take your pre-operative fitness level and post-operative pain into account. You may be asked to limit your movement in your shoulder outside of physical therapy as the tendons and ligaments heal. As you continue to improve, you will receive detailed instructions on when to wear your splint, ways to stretch and move and exercises to perform.

Thumb Replacements When painful trauma or arthritis make a total joint replacement necessary in your thumb, it may be difficult to find physical therapists who specialize in hand therapy. Fortunately, Adirondack Physical and OccupationalTherapy has hand therapy specialists who understand your unique needs. Early on in your recovery process, you may be fitted with a customized splint to protect your thumb as it heals and to permit a safe range of motion. Since your thumb is so commonly used in daily tasks, our occupational therapists will help you manage life with the minimal use of your thumb even as you heal. Next, therapy will focus on managing scar tissue, swelling and pain through massage, ice and cold therapy, and ultrasound. As the thumb heals, you will be given strength and flexibility exercises along with a prescribed time and length to do them. Before you go under the knife, call Adirondack Physical and Occupational Therapy to schedule your preoperative visit. Not only will our therapists be able to assess your pre-surgery fitness, but they will also be able to help you understand what to expect from your surgery and recovery. 7 5 8 2 6 7 1 4 3 9 7 5 3 8 1 7


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For more information about physical therapy options for pre-surgical and post-surgical joint replacement, call Adirondack Physical Therapy at 315.207.2222 !

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An insurance deductible is the amount of money you pay before your insurance company pays for your medical services. If your deductible is met, your physical therapy may not cost you anything. Patients with family plans or those who have had major surgeries or have a chronic illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses.This means that the cost of physical therapy could be minimal or completely covered by the patient’s insurance plan. If you are close to or have met your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for physical therapy! Are you feeling aches and pains? Need to work on your core? Let us help you get a head start for 2019. Call 315-207-2222 today to schedule your appointment!

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“ The entire staff is professional and extremely competent. The therapists make you a partner in your recovery while guiding you back to health. They are a congenial and caring group; I highly recommend them!” – Macklin M. 1 6 2 4 4 3


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