Choosing the right Rehabilitation Program and Therapy Team can play an important role in recovery!
What do we know about joint replacement and effective treatment options?
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, more than half a million hip and knee replacements are performed each year. In most cases, these surgeries have proven to be very successful in reducing pain and restoring function in joints affected by severe arthritis and other conditions. However, even well after joint replacement surgery, some patients still experience pain, swelling, stiffness and muscle weakness. Often times, these problems can prevent them from resuming their normal activities and doing the things they enjoy.
What treatments can work?
New advances in post-surgical rehabilitation can help reduce pain, swelling and stiffness. By managing these conditions and improving strength and mobility, joint weakness can be successfully treated in over 75% of people. ACP's program uses these advanced techniques and can help people resume a more active lifestyle after joint replacement..
How can infrared therapy and therapeutic ultrasound be used to reduce joint pain, stiffness and swelling?
Research suggests that high frequency ultrasound waves along with red and infrared LED's (light emitting diodes) can help bring comfort to painful joints and muscles by reducing pain and swelling. These treatments are comfortable and often provide immediate relief.
How can therapeutic exercise and electrical stimulation be used to help regain motion and strength?
Slow, gentle stretching and simple strengthening exercises in combination with mild, comfortable electrical pulses can help improve range of motion in joints and increase muscle strength.
Who should consider trying our joint replacement program?
You or a loved one should consider trying our program following joint replacement surgery if there is still:
- Pain, stiffness or swelling in the hip or knee
- Unsteadiness while standing, walking or turning
- A lack of full movement or strength in the hip or knee
- Difficulty standing up or climbing stairs
- A desire to find an alternative to pain medications and their side effects
- A fear of falling
How can you get help?
ACP's Joint Replacement Program is offered by thousands of recognized skilled nursing facilities and other rehabilitation providers around the country. You should speak to your doctor or your loved one's about these treatment options and call
1-800-350-1100 to locate a facility near you offering ACP's programs. A quick professional health evaluation is all that is needed to get started with our program!
What can you expect with ACP’s Joint Replacement Program?
The programs are implemented by the facility's therapy and nursing departments, in conjunction with ACP's professional clinicians and the patient's physician. In addition to other health assessments, this team of healthcare professionals will likely assess you or your loved one's ability to stand up, walk and climb stairs. Then a treatment plan will be developed to help reduce symptoms such as pain and swelling, while returning strength and flexibility to the “new” joint.