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After surgery, there are four phases of the rehabilitation process. Last time we examined Phase 2: Preprosthetic Training.  Today, we will examine Phases 3 & 4: Basic and Advanced Prosthetic Training. Phases 3: Basic Prosthetic Training During the basic prosthetic training phase, the patient will receive an initial prosthesis, and physical therapy will focus on: Gait training Progressive strengthening Balance Prosthetic management. During this phase, it is impor...
Posted on 2018-12-05
After surgery, there are four phases of the rehabilitation process. Last week we examined Phase 1: Post-operative Healing.  Today, we will examine Phase 2: Preprosthetic Training.   Phase 2: Preprosthetic Training In the preprosthetic phase, there are a number of factors that must be considered before the patient can be fitted for a new prosthetic limb. These include: Edema (swelling) control Residual-limb shaping Improved cardiovascular conditioning Strengthening ...
Posted on 2018-11-28
Once a patient has experienced an amputation, he/she might be surprised at how much basic motor skills he will have to relearn with his prosthetics and orthotics in order to regain a functioning level of “normal” mobility. This is why physical therapy is a vital component of the rehabilitation process. As part of a complete series devoted to prosthetcs and orthotics, this week, we will discuss Phase 1 of the prosthetic rehabilitation process: Post-Operative Healing. After surgery...
Posted on 2018-11-21
Last week, we broached the subject of Knee Replacement Surgery (total knee arthroplasty). In this week’s article, we will discuss the role physical therapy plays in recovery after the surgery.   Total Knee Replacement Exercise Regular exercise to restore strength and mobility to your knee and a gradual return to everyday activities are important for your full recovery after knee replacement. Your orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist may recommend that you exercise for 20 to 3...
Posted on 2018-10-23
The orthopedic procedure of knee joint replacement is called a total knee arthroplasty (TKA). This surgery involves replacing the existing knee joint with a man-made one. Orthopedic surgeons replace knee joints in order to end pain, stiffness, and loss of function. Proper physical therapy and exercise will help restore strength and mobility to the knee and a gradual return to everyday activities after knee replacement. In this article, we will discuss the role physical therapy plays in recove...
Posted on 2018-10-16

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