Joint Replacement - Physical Rehabilitation
An excellent rehabilitation team is an essential part of a successful joint replacement program. Stephens Memorial Hospital's joint replacement team has skilled and experienced Physical and Occupational therapists. Together, the therapists and nurses teach "Joint Camp" class prior to surgery. This class helps prepare patients for their joint replacement experience by giving them a better understanding of what to expect before, during and after surgery.
In the hospital, therapists help patients practice activities of daily living to make for a smooth transition home. These activities might include the following: dressing, walking, getting in and out of the shower, up and down stairs, and even how to safely get in and out of your vehicle! The therapists also help with "discharge planning" as you get equipment and further therapy appointments arranged.
In addition, patients practice home exercises to increase strength and improve balance. Patients can even continue rehabilitation with the same familiar faces here in our outpatient therapy department. All this practice and planning are key to a successful recovery and that smooth home transition.