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PHYSIOTHERAPY AFTER JOINT-REPLACEMENT
Contributor / 2012-04-16 10:33:45
Hip and knee replacement surgeries are the most common joint replacement procedures. Many people have joint arthritis, but it can be difficult to know when the right time to have a replacement surgery is.
The word 'arthritis' means 'inflammation of the joint.' Most people think of arthritis as the wearing away of cartilage in a joint -- this is the end result of inflammation within the joint. Over time, the inflammation can lead to cartilage loss and exposed bone, instead of a normal, smooth joint surface.
The most common type of knee arthritis is osteoarthritis. This is often referred to as "wear-and-tear" arthritis, and it results in the wearing away of the normal smooth cartilage until bare bone is exposed. Other types of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, gouty arthritis, and lupus arthritis.
Knee or hip replacement surgery is a procedure that is performed when the joint has reached a point when painful symptoms can no longer be controlled with non-operative treatments. In a knee replacement procedure, your surgeon removes the damaged joint surface and replaces it with a metal and plastic implant.
Knee replacement surgery is very successful, but the success of the procedure is partly due to the rehabilitation period that follows the surgery. For patients to expect a good result from knee replacement surgery, they must be an active rehab participant.
Rehabilitation after knee replacement begins immediately. Patients will work with a physiotherapist as soon as the surgical procedure has been performed. The emphasis in the early stages of rehab is to maintain motion of the knee replacement and to ensure that the patient can walk safely. The body reacts to surgery by making scar tissue, and patients may never recover normal motion if they do not focus on bending and straightening their knee replacement. In a later stage strength exercises on machines like the "leg-press" will be added.
The team of "Physio-Fit" with highly skilled physiotherapists specialized in orthopaedic and sports injury physiotherapy are based in Pilar de la Horadada only five minutes from Orihuela Costa.
The physio clinic provides manual hands on therapy, massage, acupuncture, exercise therapy, golf video-analysis and a big gym with over twenty exercise machines to improve power and stability.