Thanks to better rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatments in the past 20 years, fewer middle-aged people need joint replacements today.
When severe pain or joint damage limits your daily activities, a joint replacement may still be your best option. Here’s what you can expect from joint replacement surgery.
Physical therapy is key
Moving around is critical not just in the days after surgery, but in the weeks and months after, too. The more you move, the better your long-term outcome.
After leaving the hospital, you’ll probably see a physical therapist a couple of times a week for the first six weeks, but the key is to practice the exercises twice a day on your own, says Dr. Kates.