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Your Health: Physical Therapy After Joint Replacement

In last week's Your Health with Washington Regional, we talked about joint replacement surgery. This week, physical therapy assistant Jamie Holden tells us about the importance of physical therapy after surgery.
In last week's Your Health with Washington Regional, we talked about joint replacement surgery. This week, physical therapy assistant Jamie Holden tells us about the importance of physical therapy after surgery.

"In recent years, they've found out a lot about physical therapy and it's important," says Holden. "In the past, when you had a knee or hip surgery, they used to really do a larger incision so there was much more pain involved." Holden says a less invasive surgery became available a few years ago. And now, they're learning more about the importance of recovery after joint replacement surgery.

"In the past, well, if you hurt something, you hurt something, you rest it, it'll get better," says Holden. "You don't want to get on it very much, but in recent years they've found that weight bearing is very important to building that bone. Getting you up right after surgery, you would think it'd hurt more, it'd be more painful, it'd be less stable, but in fact, it reduces the pain level, it reduces the muscle spasms and it begins the healing process because you're going ahead and you're building bone by putting pressure on it. It just gets you started faster."

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