According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over 900,000 Americans undergo total hip or total knee replacement every year. Additionally, 53,000 Americans undergo total shoulder replacement each year.
Joint replacement surgery can be beneficial to decrease pain, increase range of motion and increase function in older adults, but the surgery itself is only half of the story. Following surgery, patients receive many different types of medical interventions, including physician consultations and nursing services. They also receive rehabilitative services.
A certain amount of anxiety may set in at discharge. The physician has determined the patient is “medically well.” The patient has doubts of his or her functional wellness, ability to get up and down steps or in and out of that favorite recliner. Physical and occupational therapists, the professionals who are trained in the area of functional wellness, can help