The MMC Joint Replacement Center has a dedicated therapy gym. The staff is focused solely on joint replacement patients. Patients are encouraged to dress in workout clothing, such as a t-shirt, sweatpants or shorts, and sneakers.
Rehabilitation Begins at the Bedside
A quick and safe return to activity is key to preventing complications after joint replacement surgery. Rehabilitation therapy at the MMC Joint Replacement Center typically starts soon after a patient is settled in his or her room after surgery. Nurses and rehabilitation therapists evaluate a patient as the patient sits at the edge of the bed, stands beside the bed, and participates in exercises designed to increase the strength and range of motion of the joint.
Beginning physical therapy shortly after surgery can strengthen the muscles that protect a joint. Muscles are the first line of defense, so the stronger they are, the sooner a patient will recover.