Joint Replacement Therapy Specialist

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Advantage Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists located in Falls Church, VA

The therapists at Advantage Physical Therapy, located in Falls Church, Virginia, provide physical therapy services to support patients following joint replacement surgery from the Washington, DC Metro area.

Joint Replacement Therapy Q & A

What happens when a joint is replaced?

Most patients experience some discomfort and limited mobility following a joint replacement because muscles and tendons need to be detached from the old joint and reattached to the synthetic replacement joint. Physical therapy helps to minimize post joint replacement pain and helps to restore a patient’s range of motion and flexibility. Additionally, a person can receive help with everyday movements such as walking, getting out of bed, or even sitting at a desk as a part of rehabilitation following a joint replacement. By taking advantage of stretching, massage, and strengthening exercises, physical therapists can help patients return to optimal strength and mobility quickly.

How can physical therapy help before a joint replacement?

Before surgery, physical therapy can help to build strength and flexibility so that following the surgery, the patient is stronger and able to recover more quickly. Many of the exercises focus on core stability and strength so that the patient is able to get out of bed and move from sitting to standing positions more easily. The therapists can also help educate patients and their families on what to expect following surgery. For some patients, physical therapy also allows them to delay the joint replacement procedure by strengthening the muscles and tissues around the joint.

How does physical therapy help after a joint replacement?

Studies indicate that it is important for patients to begin physical therapy to restore mobility soon after the procedure is completed. Therapy and regular movement are essential to a quick recovery from a joint replacement. Patients will work with the physical therapist to perform simple exercises such as relaxing and flexing muscles and moving joints. During the hospital stay, the patient will usually get up and walk around with the assistance of crutches or a walker. Exercises will continue to help gradually ease the person into more strenuous physical activity.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Advantage Physical Therapy, we accept most major medical insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office and ask for Elyse or Nicole if you do not see your insurance provider listed below.

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Aetna
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
Medicare
Tricare