Evidenced-based research shows that as few as 1 to 2 sessions of pre-operative physical therapy can reduce post-operative care by 29% for patients undergoing a total hip or knee replacement; this could be a $1,000 + per individual!
Between 2012 and 2050 the number of Total Knee Replacements (TKAs) performed annually in the United States alone is expected to increase by 855%, equating to 2,854 procedures per 100,000 US Citizens over 40 years of age; prevalence was higher for women of 50 years of age.
Globally, hip and knee osteoarthritis (the most common form of arthritis when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time) was ranked as the 11th highest contributor to disability among almost 300 health conditions.
Pandemic Era Hospital Stays Are Shorter
First of all, no one wants to stay in the Hosptial longer than necessary. Second, you most likely won’t be able to during the Pandemic anyways. Finally, depending on the type of surgery – some are outpatient which is why rehabbing is crucial to helping you prepare for the best post-operative health-related quality of life (HRQOL).
Components of Care
Pre-operative physical therapy can be as little as 1 to 2 visits. However, for more acute cases we suggest a minimum of 6 to 10 visits. This way we can complete a full motor function and strength training program while you are awaiting surgery which will increase optimal post-surgical outcomes of associated inactivity and decline for maximum recovery. Your sessions will include:
Thorough Physical Evaluation
Extensive Patient Education
Customized Pre- & Post-Surgery Plan for Elective/Non-Urgent Procedures
Post-operative outcomes could be achieved in a shorter period of time by maintaining a higher level of training and fitness before your surgery to be able to fully resume outpatient rehabilitation; possibly eliminating admission into respite or residential care, or home health therapy if there are no post-operative complications.