Dedicated Help for Patient Rehab
St. Dominic Rehabilitation Services are designed to help patients return to an optimal level of function and meet the daily challenges of their environment. Our Outpatient Rehabilitation staff includes experienced physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists who work in collaboration with the patient’s physician to provide a comprehensive program of rehabilitation.
Your surgeon may prescribe a continuous passive motion (CPM) device. Movement after surgery can help minimize pain, and one way to do this is with a CPM. Most patients find this gentle, continuous movement prevents stiffness while resting in bed. The degree of motion can gradually be increased to help you maintain greater range of motion in your new knee or hip. The CPM may be placed upon your arrival to the surgical unit, or the following morning, depending on your surgeon’s specific instructions. If the CPM is uncomfortable, please tell your nurse or physical therapist.
Physical therapy (PT) staff will begin working with you the day after surgery to gradually increase your activity. The therapists will teach you an exercise program, how to move in bed, how to get in and out of bed and how to walk with either a walker or crutches. Physical therapists will work with you twice a day. Expect to feel tired, but remember that activity is vital to your recovery.
Here are the activities you can expect:
- Day of surgery — Review the beginning exercises and dangle at the edge of the bed. You will take some steps with a walker.
- Day one after surgery — Sit up in the chair for at least two meals, practice exercise program and walk with a walker or crutches in the morning and afternoon. We encourage you to walk and exercise more frequently, if you are able, and to put on comfortable clothes.
- Day two after surgery — Walk to the bathroom as needed. Sit up for all of your meals. Practice your exercises on your own and with the therapist twice a day. Bend your knee to a 90-degree angle. Get in and out of bed with minimal help. Be instructed on and practice going up and down steps, if you have some at home. If you have met your therapy goals and are medically stable, you can discharge home following therapy.
- Day three after surgery — Practice your exercises on your own and with the physical therapist. Most patients are discharged home on this day following morning physical therapy.
Occupational therapy (OT) will generally begin the day of your surgery. Your goal in occupational therapy will be to learn how to follow your activities of daily living, including dressing, bathing, using the toilet and getting around your home while maintaining hip precautions.
Occupational therapy will provide information on helpful equipment, lower body dressing, bathroom and car transfers and will work with you once a day.