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Prehabilitation - Getting Yourself Ready for Joint Replacement

19/4/2016 - Guest Blogger, Shannon Peake, Life Care Active

lifecareWhat's Prehabilitation?

It seems like nearly every week there's a story in the news about another benefit of regular exercise... Here's another great reason to keep exercising! Evidence shows that putting in some hard work before joint replacement surgery can improve your recovery and in some cases delay the need for surgery at all. More and more surgeons are supporting an exercise program before surgery, sometimes called prehabilitation.

It is important to maintain range of motion in the joint that needs to be replaced and ensuring good muscle control around the joint can also assist in pain management. Maintaining your cardiovascular fitness and keeping your other limbs strong will make your recovery from surgery easier and quicker. Preparing for surgery can be a stressful time and there are lots of benefits of exercising in a group with others having similar experiences and having a team of allied health staff to provide support and advice.

lifecareLifecare Active's Joint Support Program

Life Care Active is proud to offer our Joint Support Program, offering a multi-disciplinary approach to support clients who are undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery. Ideally, the program starts 8-12 weeks before your surgery and focuses on strength and conditioning. Firstly you will be assessed by a physiotherapist to determine your current level of fitness and set your goals. Most clients will be recommended to join our Joint Support Exercise group with a personalized program set by the physiotherapist. Exercises are conducted in small groups with other clients who are also having joint replacement surgery and the classes are supervised by personal trainers.

Before your surgery, an occupational therapist can assess your home to make sure it is well set up for your recovery and organize any equipment you may need while you are getting back to your usual level of activity. You may also see a dietitian to assist with weight management and make sure you are giving your body the best fuel for recovery.

After Your Surgery

Life Care Active can also offer support once you are home from hospital. We will call you to check on your progress and then staff can visit you at home to assist with and progress your exercise program. Life Care can help organize any extra help you need at home while you are recovering. We will liaise with your surgeon to ensure you are doing the right exercises at the right time to maximize your recovery.

Once cleared by your surgeon, we recommend returning to a specific joint support exercise class to continue your recovery and assist you to return to your usual activities. At Life Care Active, you will be reassessed by the physiotherapist and given an individualized exercise program tailored to helping you achieve your goals. Your exercise program will be reviewed regularly and, eventually, most clients will return to a general exercise class such as Strength for Life. Life Care Active can also assess your suitability to return to work if that is one of your goals.

Next Steps

If you would like more information on the Joint Support Program or any other allied health or exercise services please contact Life Care Active on:

active@lifecare.org.au
http://www.lifecare.org.au/life-care-active
Phone: 8168 7600

Or talk to your doctor to find out the options which will best suit you.