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Wednesday, June 25 2014, 12:25 PM MDT
Physical therapy for joint replacement
(KUTV) Physical therapy is usually prescribed after joint replacement surgery. Like a marathon, physical therapy is not a sprint. It takes time and a lot of patience. “We get you into therapy quickly after surgery so you can avoid developing a limp.”

Michael Cotton is a physical therapist at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden. He says after joint replacement surgery, the muscles are weak. “So we need to get your muscles moving again so we can get you up and moving again so you are walking safely.”

Recovery, experts say, begins before the actual surgery. McKay-Dee Hospital holds joint classes at the hospital for both the patient and their family. The classes address everything from physical therapy and pain management. “In the class we talk a lot about pain,” said Evelyn Chapman, the clinical coordinator for the joint program at the hospital. “We let them know the pain isn’t going to be totally gone, but we want it tolerable.”

From the classroom, to the operating room, to physical therapy – it’s a step-by-step process designed to get you back on your feet after joint replacement surgery.

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