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Post -Hip and -Knee Replacement

Research suggests that limb movement exercises shortly after hip and knee replacement surgery improved health outcomes. Stiffness, pain, chest infections, swelling, and blood clots can be prevented effectively with physiotherapy.

Knee and hip replacements are major surgeries, although highly effective in reducing pain and improving quality of life. A considerable recovery period should be expected. Temporary postoperative sensations may include:

  • Pain at the operative site
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling in the lower extremities
  • Fatigue from simple activities

Physiotherapy plays an important role in returning strength, mobility and flexibility to the postoperative joint. 

You can expect preliminary physiotherapy work with a therapist while still in the hospital, who will focus on small movements to prevent blood clots. Your hospital therapist will likely provide you with an exercise program to continue at home. This exercise routine is essential to your recovery. 

When possible, you may begin in-home treatment or outpatient physiotherapy. Our physiotherapists at Action Potential Rehabilitation specialize in postoperative rehabilitation for total knee and hip replacement patients. Our therapists will develop exercises and strength programs tailored for you, with the intention of regaining gait and normal limb function as quickly as possible. 

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Image references:

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  2. Prothese_totale_hanche. (2017, March 14). Retrieved July 12, 2020, from https://smart.servier.com/smart_image/Prothese_totale_hanche/

This website provides general information about our services and conditions treated. It is not intended to be used for self-assessment or treatment, and is not a substitute for an individualized treatment plan developed by a registered physiotherapist.

By the Action Potential Rehabilitation Staff

Page last reviewed: June 2, 2023