Arthritis/ Joint Replacement

  • Arthritis

    Physical therapists (PTs) are experts in the art and science of the evaluation and treatment of human movement dysfunctions. We care for people of all ages and treat a variety of muscle, joint and neurological conditions.

    Conditions we have successfully treated:

    • Joint Pain
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Knee Arthritis
    • Hip Arthritis
    • Shoulder Arthritis
    • Hand Arthritis

    What are my treatment options?

    • Drugs
    • Epidural Injections
    • Surgery
    • Physical Therapy*

    Advantages of Physical Therapy:

    • No side effects.
    • Cost-effective.
    • Supported by clinical research*.
    • Customized to treat the underlying cause.

    Your Recovery Process:

    • Recovery of Joint Motion
    • Recovery of Strength
    • Pain Relief
    • Improved Function
    • Independent Care

    Components of Your Care:

    • A thorough biomechanical evaluation.
    • Extensive patient education.
    • A customized treatment plan.
    • Effective joint mobilization techniques to decrease joint stiffness.
    • Pain-relieving modalities such as ice, heat, ultrasound or electrical stimulation.
    • Targeted stretching for tight muscles.
    • Progressive strength training.
    • Balance and functional re-education.

    Physical Therapy for Arthritis

    Everyone is different. You may require one or two visits, or an extended care plan over several weeks or months. If you’re ready for relief, and tired of “masking” your pain, treat the cause, not just the symptoms!

    * Physical therapy techniques are recommended for arthritis of the knee, hip, shoulder, and hand. Physical Therapy 2005 85: 907-971; Physical Therapy 2004 84: 934-972.

  • Joint Replacement Rehab

    …as well as rehab for common post-surgical procedures

    Many times, after surgery, physicians refer patients to our physical therapy practice with the goals of recovering strength, function, and mobility. Our therapists provide one-on-one, evidence-based physical therapy treatment sessions to help facilitate your recovery and return to activities of daily living (ADLs), work, recreational activities and even competitive sports. During the course of your recovery, we maintain regular communication with your surgeon to ensure your progress matches your surgeon’s expected outcome.

    The rehabilitative process depends on the injury and type of surgery. We help patients recover and rehabilitate from a variety of orthopedic post-operative joint replacement, tendon, and ligament reconstructive procedures, including:

    • Knee, hip and shoulder joint replacements
    • Reconstruction of any one or more of the four major knee ligaments: anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL)
    • Arthroscopic knee surgeries (such as meniscectomies, meniscal repairs)
    • Ligament and tendon repair, including Achilles tendon repairs
    • Arthroscopic hip surgeries (such as labral repairs)
    • Nerve releases (such as cubital tunnel, radial tunnel, carpal tunnel, tarsal tunnel)
    • Neck and back surgery (such as fusions, laminectomy, decompression and discectomy)
    • Nerve compression release
    • Bone or joint fusion (arthrodesis)
    • Tendon transfers
    • Surgical fixation of fractures, including open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF), a two-part surgery used to fix broken bones where the broken bone is reduced (put back into place) and an internal fixation device is placed on the bone (e.g., screws, plates, rods or pins) to hold the bone together
    • Shoulder post-surgical recovery for rotator cuff tears, labral tears, superior labrum anterior and posterior (SLAP) tear or lesion, arthroscopy and more

    Some of the treatments used to accomplish the goal of regaining movement and reducing pain, swelling and stiffness may include one or more of the following:

    • Manual therapy
    • Soft tissue and/or joint mobilization
    • Muscle energy
    • Gait and balance training
    • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) – electrical muscle & nerve stimulation
    • Therapeutic eercise and functional strength training
    • Ultrasound
    • Functional re-education
    • Rehabilitative exercises to help help increase strength, endurance, motion, balance and coordination

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