- A physical therapist may be coming to your home to work on your mobility.
- Small short walks are beneficial.
- If you have any animals, taking them for short walks is beneficial to work that new joint. You should not be responsible for the leash. This could be a significant tripping hazard.
- Keep leg elevated when seated.
- You can start practicing with stairs. You need to think “UP with the GOOD, DOWN with the BAD.”
- Go UP the stairs using the non-operative leg, and go DOWN with the operative leg. Go one step at a time. This is for safety and stability. Most of your weight will be placed on the non-operative leg.
- Please use hand rails for safety.
- Side sleeper: place a pillow in between your legs.
- Back sleeper: place a pillow under your heels.
- Don’t place pillow directly under knee if knee replacement, this will make it more difficult to straighten the knee completely.
Early mobility, gentle exercises for you to perform following your surgery are recommended. It is important for you to take short walks outside or around your home several times a day and to not remain sedentary for more than 45 minutes at a time. Typically, you will complete 10 to 15 repetitions of each exercise, two to three times each day. While you will be focusing on the leg with the hip or knee replacement, performing the exercises with both legs is a good idea. Please always follow all of the precautions explained to you by your physician and therapist.
Rehabilitation After Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery
Even though shoulder joint replacement is less common than knee or hip replacement, it is just as successful in relieving joint pain. The key to your recovery after surgery is managing pain and following your surgeon’s specific instructions.
After surgery, your operated arm will be immobilized at your side with the use of a specialized sling which has a supportive pillow. Based on the surgical technique, you may begin gentle therapy on the first day post-operatively. Sling immobilization is enforced during the early rehabilitation phase. However, your surgeon may allow you to begin a specific and personalized exercise program. An occupational therapist will instruct you on which exercises you may begin for your shoulder, elbow wrist and/or hand. Progression to more advanced exercises to improve strength and flexibility will occur under the direction of your surgeon.
Our goal is to help promote function and protect your new shoulder from the wear and tear of daily activities. The occupational therapist will teach you how to manage your sling (taking it off and putting it on) and perform modified bathing, dressing, undressing and toileting since you will be using only one arm for a while. If needed, physical therapy will also work with you to ensure independence with transfers and ambulating.
Rehabilitation After Total Knee or Hip Replacement Surgery