JointFit Program

Why Rehabilitation Following a Joint Replacement Is Important

 

  • Approximately one million total knee or hip replacement surgeries are performed in the US every year.
  • More women than men have joint implants. Almost twice as many women have artificial knees as men, and slightly more women have artificial hips compared to men.
  • A 2014 systematic review of 19 controlled trials of physical exercise after total knee replacement concluded that “outpatient physical therapy performed in a clinic after surgery under the supervision of a trained physical therapist may provide the best long-term outcomes after the surgery.”
  • Persistent functional deficits and muscle weakness after total knee replacement may partly be attributed to ineffective or absent post-operative rehabilitation and exercise programs.
  • A recent analysis of standard post-operative care showed that only 26% of patients receive outpatient physical therapy after being discharged from the hospital, which is unfortunate because recent evidence indicates that the type of postoperative rehabilitation influences short- and long-term functional outcomes.

How JointFit Can Help

TPTC developed JointFit to address the individual needs of each patient by:

  1. Accurately identifying deficits in joint motion, muscle strength, and gait/walking pre and post operatively.
  2. Developing individual treatment plans using a variety of treatment interventions including therapeutic exercises, manual therapy techniques, balance training and modalities.
  3. Monitoring and treating post-operative pain during treatment sessions and providing guidance on pain management at home during recovery.
  4. Promoting safe physical activity post-operatively during and after formal treatment.
  5. Suggesting home modifications as needed to promote safety and function.

Patients with these diagnoses may benefit from

  • Total or partial knee replacement
  • Total or partial shoulder replacement
  • Reverse total shoulder replacement
  • Total or partial hip replacement
  • Finger or toe joint replacements
  • Ankle replacements
  • Joint replacement revisions
  • And more

Call 304-757-7293 in Teays Valley or 304-727-7293 in St. Albans to schedule a pre- or post-operative JointFit appointment today.