Total Joint Replacement Rehabilitation

Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a metal , plastic, or ceramic prosthesis and physical therapy is an integral part of the rehabilitation.

Pre-Op (Pre-habilitation)


Pre-hab refers to improving your functional capacity through increased physical activity before an anticipated orthopedic procedure.  The purpose is to accelerate the speed at which patients will heal post-surgery.  Studies show patients who undergo a successful and individualized pre-hab program demonstrate  a greater percentage of strength gain, lower pain levels, more rapid improvement, shorter recovery times, less dependence, and more rapid return to regular activities.

Physical therapy for pre-hab will focus on core strength, coordination, proprioception, and stabilization of the area that will have surgery.  Areas of concentration include:

  • Soft tissue mobilization to help with mobility
  • Range of motion and mobility exercises
  • Strengthening and stabilization exercises
  • Proprioception and balance work


Post-Op (Post Surgical)

Following any joint replacement (knee, hip, shoulder, etc..)the first priority is RANGE OF MOTION.  At R Technique we will focus in increasing your range of motion while reducing your pain, increasing your strength, and improving your functional mobility to return to your prior level of function.  Sessions will include:

  • Range of motion exercises
  • Stretching of affected muscles
  • Scar mobilization
  • Stabilization exercises
  • Soft tissue mobilization