Artificial Joint Replacement Rehab Huntington, NY

Artificial Joint Replacement Rehab

What is a Joint Replacement?

In a joint replacement, the abnormal bone and lining structures of the joint are removed surgically, and new parts are inserted in their places. These new parts may be made of special metal, plastic or specific kinds of carbon-coated implants. The new parts allow the joints to move again with little or no pain and increases your range of motion. Joint replacement becomes necessary when the cartilage, which is the substance on the surface of the bone, wears out or becomes damaged. When this happens, bones no longer can glide against one another freely.

What Will My Recovery Look Like?

After the surgery of a joint replacement, therapy by a trained physical therapist is almost always required, and will usually last for several months. To ensure the best results after surgery, follow your surgeon and therapists’ directions.

When you have an artificial joint replacement, you can almost always look forward to better mobility and function. You may need to stay in the hospital for a few days until your pain has subsided a bit, and you are strong enough to go home. The recovery period for joint replacement may differ, depending on what type of procedure you have. While in the hospital nurses may administer pain medication and ice for swelling. You may even wear tight-fitting compression socks to help prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a potentially dangerous blood clot in your leg. You will need to be able to do a few things before you go home from the hospital. It is important, after artificial joint replacement, that you can get in and out of bed, walk with crutches or a walker, eat, drink, and use the bathroom on your own, manage pain with medicine, and do your prescribed home exercises. You will also need to be able to minimally bend your new joint.

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