Joint replacement, whether it’s for your knees or your hips—single or
bilateral—is a major surgery, but not an emergency surgery. Because
joint replacement patients can choose the date of their procedure, they
may have ample time to plan a rehab strategy beforehand. For many
people, this physical and occupational therapy program, sometimes called
“pre-hab,” prepares them for the challenges of joint replacement surgery
and sets them up for an easier recovery and an improved functional
Pre-Joint Replacement Rehab: Our Approach
The pre-joint replacement rehab program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital
combines physical and occupational therapy, allowing patients to build
up their endurance, muscle conditioning and strength before surgery.
Following an initial evaluation, our physical therapy experts take a creative
approach in tailoring each session to the individual patient.
The many benefits for patients of pre-joint replacement rehab at Bryn
Mawr Rehab Hospital include:
learning the proper way to move, walk, and climb stairs before
the joint is replaced
gaining the mental and physical confidence to practice vital
mastering the exercises before joint replacement surgery
improved chances of going directly home from the hospital,
instead of to inpatient rehab
speedier recovery and return to daily functional activities,
including work, school and play
Our pre-hab patients come to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s outpatient
facilities before undergoing major joint replacement surgery. Candidates
should discuss their plans for rehab with their orthopedic surgeon prior
to starting the program. Patients with pre-existing medical conditions
should get clearance from their medical doctor before starting the
Pre-joint replacement patients can receive treatment at Bryn Mawr
Rehab’s outpatient locations in Exton
and West Chester.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.