Lexington Health Network

Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Rehabilitation

After injury, after surgery that may cause a disruption to the musculoskeletal system, orthopedic rehabilitation is vital to restoring activity, strength and motion. Our licensed therapists recognize that their patients typically suffer from functional deficits, deficiencies and weaknesses. It’s our job to leverage our knowledge of surgical procedures to accurately evaluate each person and develop the most effective, evidence-based treatment plan. Post-operative joints, acute injuries due to sporting activities, everyday injuries, arthritis, amputations—when you come to a Lexington Health Network, we offer you a specialized, highly trained, dedicated team to support you and your goals. While each case is unique, we wanted to outline a typical joint replacement rehabilitation program.

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What to Expect - Joint Replacement

  1. Tour a Lexington Health Center of your choice. Visit the rehabilitation department for the following: meet the therapists, discuss your overall goals for discharge and establish your road to recovery, review your strengthening program, review home set-up and identification of preliminary modifications that might be needed prior to returning home. You plan your surgery and we help you plan your admission to Lexington.
  2. Our Clinical team creates a customized treatment plan after your first therapy visit at our facility. We will work with your physician to help manage medications and other possible medical conditions related to your recovery. Our orthopedic rehabilitation has two phases. Your physician will determine which phase is best for you and how long you need to participate in each phase.
  3. Early Function Physical Therapy and surgical recovery. We implement icing PRICE protocol for pain/swelling [Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation], teach you safe transfers from bed and various surfaces, ambulation with appropriate assistive device and review your weight bearing status.
  4. Occupational therapy goals include demonstration of safe transfers from toilet/shower, use of adaptive equipment in order to complete bathing and dressing tasks, fair to good static and dynamic balance during self-care tasks and complete home evaluation to identify any barriers to return. We want to set the stage to get you back home as soon as possible with safety and healing practices.
  5. Progressive function physical therapy's goals are to improve involved lower extremity strength and increase progress ambulation to the least restrictive device or no device, progress to safe negotiation of steps, curbs, and uneven surfaces. We also want to complete car transfers safely and maximize mobility endurance required for your discharge destination and environment. We incorporate progressive strengthening exercises into home exercise program
  6. Occupational therapy goals are to return to you to a pre-surgery level of independence with bathing and dressing, perform home making tasks necessary for discharge, encourage participation safely in community and leisure tasks and review adaptive equipment needs and any home modifications required for you return back home.
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