Total Joint Rehab


An estimated 4.7 million Americans have undergone total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and 2.5 million have undergone total hip arthroplasty (THA) and are living with implants.

When you have a total joint replacement, the surgeon removes damaged cartilage and bone from the surface of your joint and replaces them with a man-made surface of metal and plastic.

We find the rehabilitation of patients with joint replacements is very rewarding. After a joint replacement you will be more mobile and have less pain and limitations than prior to surgery. Many patients have told us that they feel like they got their life back.


The better physical shape you are in before TKR (total joint replacement) surgery, the better your results will be – especially in the short term. Just like an athlete will train to get ready for the big game, you need to train to get ready for your new joint. We will teach you exercises and show you how you will walk with assistive devises that you will use after your operation.

Exercises you perform prior to surgery can help strengthen your legs, improve flexibility, and help you recover faster. There are numerous exercises you can do at home—however, it is important to speak to your surgeon and physical therapist before you start any new exercise regimen.

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  • Range-of-motion exercises. Swelling and pain can make you move your new joints less. We will work very hard to assist you in regaining joint mobility.
  • Strengthening exercises. Weakness of the muscles of the thigh, buttocks, core and lower leg alter your functional mobility and ability to walk. Your physical therapist can determine which strengthening exercises are right for you, with the goal of no longer needing to use an assistive device to walk, AND being sure that walking is without a limp!
  • Body awareness, gait and balance training. When you are able to put your full weight on your joint without pain, we will gradually add balance and agility exercises when appropriate (exercises that have you practice making quick stops and starts, turns, and changes in direction). This training helps you be able to safely respond to changes in walking surface and life’s movement challenges.
  • Manual Therapy. We are knowledgeable about appropriate manual techniques (hands on techniques) to reduce pain as well as improve mobility and function.
  • Modalities. At Patterson PT we have the full array of physical modalities to assist us in controlling/reducing your pain level and post op swelling.

The timeline for returning to work, leisure or sports activities varies from person to person. Here at Patterson PT we take your goals seriously and work with your Physician to ensure a positive outcome! We are very experienced in assisting you through the rehabilitation process for your new total hip, knee, ankle or shoulder replacement!