Physical Therapy with Knee and Hip Replacements

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Dr. Nekita Sullivan
August 10, 2023
Physical Therapy with Knee and Hip Replacements

Physical Therapy with Knee and Hip Replacements

Physical therapy plays a crucial role in the recovery process after hip and knee replacement surgeries. It helps patients regain strength, mobility, and function while minimizing pain and complications. The ultimate goal of joint replacement surgery is to restore functionality and quality of life. Complications such as blood clots and joint dislocation can arise after joint replacement surgery. Physical therapists educate patients about the signs of these complications and provide guidance on how to prevent them through proper movement and activity. Physical therapists educate patients about post-operative precautions, proper body mechanics, and safe exercises to continue at home. This empowers patients to actively participate in their own recovery and make informed decisions. Every patient's condition is unique. Physical therapists assess each patient's specific needs, taking into account their medical history, joint condition, and surgical procedure. They then develop personalized treatment plans that are tailored to the patient's condition and goals such as being able to walk, climb stairs, and engage in daily activities. Regular physical therapy sessions allow therapists to monitor the patient's progress and adjust the treatment plan accordingly. This ensures that the patient is recovering as expected and helps identify any issues that may require additional attention. Here's a few things that you can expect in terms of physical therapy after these surgeries:

-Focus on pain management and swelling reduction.

-Gentle exercises to improve blood circulation and prevent blood clots.

-Passive range-of-motion exercises to prevent stiffness.

-Gradually increase weight-bearing as directed by the surgeon.

-Mobility exercises like ankle pumps and ankle circles.

-Active range-of-motion exercises.

-Strengthening exercises for the muscles around the hip or knee joint.

-Gait training and practicing proper walking techniques.

-Begin more challenging exercises to improve balance and stability.

-Incorporate functional activities like stairs and sitting-to-standing.

-Aquatic therapy might be introduced for low-impact exercises.

-Gradually increase activity levels, potentially including light impact exercises.

-Emphasis on long-term joint health and maintaining a regular exercise routine.

It's important to note that each individual's recovery timeline can vary based on factors like their overall health, the type of surgery performed, and the surgeon's recommendations. Always follow your surgeon's and physical therapist's guidance for a safe and effective recovery process. In addition to these general guidelines. Yoga Therapy Bar adds some yoga and Pilates on the mat, seated in a chair, and standing throughout this timeline to add some flavor to improving flexibility, mobility, and core strength.  “Boring physical therapy is not allowed here,” says Dr. Nekita Sullivan. Yoga Therapy Bar is proud to offer services in downtown Clemson, virtually, and off-site to Upstate residents of Clemson, Central, Liberty, Easley, Pendleton, Anderson, Seneca, Walhalla, Westminister, Salem, and more. Physical Therapy services are 1 hour in duration one-on-one. Pricing options include a flat fee for one treatment or a package fee for multiple treatments in this cash-based practice.  No referral is needed. There are no insurance limitations.  Appointments are available the same week. Handicapped parking is just outside of the front door. Email Dr. Nekita Sullivan at for details. You can also check us out on the web at and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Linked In.  #physicaltherapyClemson #hipandkneereplacements #arthritistherapy#bodyandmind #holistic

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