Joint Replacements in Scarsdale, NY
Pre and Post Surgical Rehabilitation
Joint replacement surgery has become more common in recent years due to increased physical activity by those in older age groups. People remain more active further into their lives than ever before. In addition, when diseases like arthritis degrade joints in the knee, hip or shoulder, replacing the joint will add years of pain-free mobility.
Joint replacement surgery replaces a badly damaged or worn joint with artificial parts. These can be made of metal, polyethylene, ceramics or a mixture of materials.
Many of those who require a joint replacement have a long history of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis of the hip or knee.
Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by an inflammation of the tissue lining the joint, which causes pain. Over long time periods, this inflammation causes swelling in the joint and damages the cartilage and bone of the affected joints.
Osteoarthritis is characterized by a fraying and pitting of the joint cartilage resulting from wear and tear or repeated stress and trauma. When the cartilage is worn down, the normally smooth movement at the joint is replaced friction, which causes significant pain. Osteoarthritis is usually presents in weight-bearing joints such as the knee or hip.
Physical therapy is extremely important in the overall outcome of any joint replacement surgery. The goals of physical therapy are to prevent scar tissue and strengthen muscles around the hip joint through carefully controlled exercises. Scar tissue does not permit full range of motion, and therefore hinders mobility of the replaced joint.
Rehabilitation plays a vital role in recovery from total joint replacement. We design a customized treatment program that is tailored to meet a patient’s specific needs and goals. Our rehabilitation programs are designed to rebuild strength, promote healing and maximize range of motion.