Joint replacement surgery is usually recommended once all non-surgical management methods have been used. Commonly this occurs with end stage arthritis. Surgery usually involves removal of the worn cartilage and resurfacing of the joint with plastic or metal which should enable the joint to function normally. Common surgeries include total knee and hip replacement and knee arthroscopies.
Exercise is both beneficial pre and post-surgery. A safe exercise regime pre surgery will help to improve the strength of surrounding muscles, reducing risk of complications post-surgery and accelerating overall recovery time. The exercise program will include low impact activities, light resistance strength and ROM exercises.
At MTM Rehabilitation Gym we have a range of exercise equipment to provide the appropriate care pre and post-surgery as well as providing motivation, support and education throughout the rehabilitation process. Pilates reformer beds are provided to improve ROM and strength of the lower limb post-surgery without impact or weight bearing.
American College of Rheumatology – www.rheumatology.org