I’m often asked by friends and relatives what the best exercises are for upcoming operations. It’s not an easy question to answer over the phone or via email. Without being able to see a person’s posture, observe their muscle strength/range of motion or have a complete picture of their medical history and status, it’s hard to say which exercises will best prepare them for surgery. For example, if someone has an old rotator cuff tear on the opposite shoulder to the knee wh
THe New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) has responded to the needs of a growing community of patients electing to have total joint replacements (total knee replacements and total hip replacements.) NEBH has enacted a successful hospital-based program to ensure patients are educated and provided with strengthening exercises before their operations. Like Victory Prehab, these exercises are provided by licensed physical therapists, who have the advanced knowledge provide properly selected and dosed
As the baby boomer generation moves into its senior years, more and more patients are opting for joint replacement surgery. The AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) website reports that over 285,000 hip replacement surgeries are performed annually, in the US alone. Even more impressive is the over 600,000 knee replacements performed in the US each year! The Arthritis Foundation recently published an article highlighting the benefits of participating in a prehab program before surgery.
This week’s post contains a few tips and tricks to make life easier after any surgery. Sneezing, coughing, vomiting or laughing can be extremely painful, especially if you had abdominal or spinal surgery. Here are a few ways I learned to stave off these little buggers, before they ruined my day. Stop a cough: Keep a bottle of squeezable honey, a tin of cough drops (I love Fisherman’s Friend), and a bottle of water within reach at all times. The moment you feel that tickle in your thr