Orthopedic physical therapy treatment is vital to hasten the healing process and ensure an optimal outcome in all patients following a joint replacement or surgery. This should ideally begin prior to surgery. Treatment may comprise:

  • soft tissue massage
  • electrotherapy
  • the use of crutches or other walking aids
  • joint mobilization
  • dry needling
  • hydrotherapy
  • ice or heat treatment
  • progressive exercises to improve flexibility, strength (especially the gluteal and quadriceps muscles), balance and core stability
  • activity modification advice
  • education
  • biomechanical correction
  • anti-inflammatory advice
  • weight loss advice where appropriate
  • a gradual return to activity program


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