We have an experienced staff of 3 Physiotherapists and a Rehabilitation Technician who supply adult inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services as well as inpatient and outpatient paediatric rehabilitation services.
Our Physiotherapy team will aim to restore your mobility and function through a combination of advice and education about your condition, exercises and use of mobility aids. You will be seen and assessed by a Physiotherapist the day after your surgery and they will continue to review your condition until you are discharged from hospital. They will also help you to plan how you will cope at home, give you advice on any equipment you may require, assistance you may need and any adjustments you may need to make to your home environment. They will also help you to access further Physiotherapy services after discharge so you can continue your recovery.
To optimize your recovery following surgery there are some things you can do before you come to hospital to prepare yourself.
• Keep as active as possible and perform some simple exercises to strengthen the muscles around your hip and knee. Here are few simple examples. You should do 3 sets of 10 repetitions for each exercise, 2 times a day for 4 – 6 weeks leading up to your surgery. – Inner Range Quadriceps
– Hip Abduction
– Sit to stand
• Arrange your home environment so that it will be more accessible post surgery when you have yet to regain full mobility
– Remove loose mats and clutter to accommodate any mobility aids you may require
– Arrange your shelves and cupboards so that items you use frequently are easily accessible (to reduce bending and twisting)
– Consider the types of furniture you have in your home. For example you may initially have difficulty getting in and out of low, soft chairs. Instead you should sit in higher chairs with arm rests.
– Plan for any home assistance you may require post surgery with your daily functions such as cooking, cleaning, dressing and showering.