Pre-Surgery

Pre Surgery Exercise
For Arthroplasty Patients

Key Benefit

Individually tailored pre-operative exercise programs are effective in reducing the hospital stay for arthroplasty (hip or knee replacement) patients. 1 and accelerating recovery after surgery.

Improve Recovery

The pre-operative rehabilitation program reduces the recovery time and assists in achieving the optimal benefit from arthroplasty surgery by improving the patients physical condition prior to surgery.

Patients can access a comprehensive service including physiotherapy, exercise physiology and remedial massage as well as our specialised rehabilitation facilities through our purpose built clinic in Nedlands.

Land Based Exercises

Physical exercise is effective in increasing muscles strength and range of motion, physical functioning, aerobic capacity, and pain reduction for patients with osteoarthritis. It is also effective in facilitating weight control and reducing the risk of developing other chronic diseases.

As part of the pre-surgery rehabilitation service, accredited exercise physiologists provide supervised resistance and aerobic training tailored for each individual to ensure optimal benefits without aggravating joint pain.

Hydrotherapy (Aquatic Exercises)

Aquatic based exercise is better tolerated than land based activities for most osteoarthritic patients.

Similar benefits to land based activities can be achieved with reduced stress to affected joints.2 3

Hydrotherapy is performed on-site in purpose built facilities, under the supervision of an accredited exercise physiologist or physiotherapist.

Weight Loss

Weight loss is an essential primary preventive strategy for osteoarthritis.3

Weight loss provides an improvement in symptomatic pain and disability in overweight patients.

Physiotherapy

Physical therapy is effective in reducing pain associated with osteoarthritis through improving range of motion, joint mobility, muscle strength and flexibility.2 6

The physical therapy treatment provided is focused on muscle stretching, joint mobilisation and range of motion exercises.

Alternative Treatments

Patients with osteoarthritis may also be interested in our pre-surgery rehabilitation service and/or our arthritis management service. Services offered within the pre-surgery program can also be accessed individually.

  1. Crowe and Henderson, 2003 J Crowe, J Henderson Pre-arthroplasty rehabilitation is effective in reducing hospital stay. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70 (2003), pp. 88–96
  2. Clark B. Rheumatology: Physical and occupational therapy in the management of arthritis. CMAJ. 2000;163(8):999–1005.
  3. Manek N, Lane N. Osteoarthritis: current concepts in diagnosis and management. American Family Physician. 2000;61(6):1795– 804
  4. Manek N, Lane N. Osteoarthritis: current concepts in diagnosis and management. American Family Physician. 2000;61(6):1795– 804
  5. Clark B. Rheumatology: Physical and occupational therapy in the management of arthritis. CMAJ. 2000;163(8):999–1005.
  6. Hunter D, Felson D. Osteoarthritis: Effective pain management for patients with arthritis. BMJ. 2006;332:639–42.
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