Success with Aquatic & Land Therapy
Preoperative fitness is a predictor of postoperative outcome after lower-limb arthroplasty. People awaiting joint replacement surgery often suffer a considerable amount of pain and disability, which may lead to further deterioration in one’s health-related quality of life. Rooks et al reported that undergoing a 6-week presurgical exercise program can safely improve preoperative functional status and muscle strength levels in patients awaiting TKA and THA’s. The theory of Prehabilitation supports the effects of training as well as the importance of educating our patients for this stressful event (their joint replacement surgery).
Appropriate exercise offers many benefits in treating the patient with OA. Systematic reviews of exercise-based interventions have demonstrated reduced pain and improved physical function for those with hip and knee OA. Stronger, better conditioned periarticular muscles, tendons, and ligaments have advantageous biomechanical effects on attenuating joint forces during movement. Prehabilitation before a TKA has proven to be beneficial in older adults, even with severe OA, to improve their strength and function.
GVPT’s PREHAB offers a unique program to our patients. Our patients will receive a detailed orthopedic evaluation in one of our clinics to collect their baseline objective measurements and functional status. Next, we’ll discuss what intervention is most appropriate: Aquatic vs. Land-Based Training.
Benefits to GVPT’s Patients:
- Individualized Training Program designed by a Licensed Physical Therapist
- Routine Reassessments with Patient to Modify PREHAB (Aquatic/Land) Program as needed
- Patient’s Quality of Life and Physical Fitness is Maintained or improved while awaiting for Joint Replacement Surgery
- Education Regarding Upcoming Joint Replacement: What to Expect…
- Patient is able to communicate with GVPT Physical Therapist as often as needed
- Reduces Patient’s anxiety!
- Improves adherence to Post-Op Contraindications