A joint replacement could be your ticket to an active and healthy lifestyle! Once you have sufficiently recovered you can return to many activities that were once too painful and difficult before your surgery.
After joint replacement surgery patients need to be active for their physical and mental health. Physical activity can increase the density of your bones which can improve prosthesis fixation and decrease early loosening. Exercise physiologists design rehabilitation programs to help get you active again, while taking into account factors such as wear, joint load, intensity of activity and type of joint replacement for each patient.
Pre-Surgery Exercise Rehabilitation
Exercise rehabilitation after joint replacement surgery is very clear, however what many people may not be aware of is the importance of exercise rehabilitation pre-surgery. Pre-rehabilitation can increase your rate of recovery from surgery, leading to a quicker discharge from hospital and getting you mobile sooner.
A 6-week exercise protocol prior to hip and knee replacement surgery, consisting of strengthening exercises of the lower limbs, hydrotherapy and gym-based functional exercises will help you return to your best functional capacity quicker than if you do nothing pre-surgery.