by Brett R. Levine, MD, AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Committee Chair
Many patients ask before surgery, “What will I need to do after surgery for a successful outcome?” Often the answer is physical therapy/exercises. The Patient and Public Relations Committee decided to cover physical therapy in the newest videos for the patient education library at www.AAHKS.org/HipKnee.
Committee Member, Matthew W. Bullock, DO, MPT, explains, “These videos were developed as a home-based guide that most patients can utilize after their surgery. Foundation therapy exercises focusing on range-of-motion, strengthening, balance, and endurance are demonstrated in the videos.”
As much as anything in life, the more you put in, the more you will get out. Usually I explain to patients that it is not just what you do during physical therapy but what you do on your own. The videos are a great guide for basic exercises and stretches to do before and after a hip or knee replacement.
These videos are exactly what I envisioned to guide patients on giving themselves the best chance for an outstanding result after surgery. I anticipate referring my patients to this video bank for pre-hab and rehabilitation after the surgery, and I know you will too. Please feel free to share the links with your patients.