Your big decision had been made! You had your plan and date set for your joint replacement surgery, and then along came COVID 19, with self -isolation restrictions and of course restrictions on elective surgery!
This may have left you feeling frustrated, anxious and having to endure ongoing pain. The good news is elective surgery is back on track again, but due to a backlog you may still have to wait a while for your surgery, and some of you may have elected to postpone your surgery further until you feel safe to venture out.
Fortunately, there is a solution to managing your current situation and help yourself. You can start a progressive exercise program suited to your condition and needs. We have seen that a strengthening exercise program before surgery enhances a patient’s ability to recover from surgery, and lowers pain levels and improves function and movement. As the saying goes, “The stronger you go into surgery, the stronger you come out”.
Research has shown that people with joint arthritis and those due for joint replacement surgery can benefit tremendously by taking part in an exercise program to make them stronger and fitter. We have seen patients able to delay their surgery for a considerable period and sometimes avoid having surgery altogether.
The benefits of a progressive strengthening program are:
- An increase in strength
- A reduction in pain
- Improved function and ease with your daily activities
- Confidence and a feeling of control over your own body
We can offer you the option of doing the program at home being guided by our online video consultations and excellent, easily accessible Exercise app, Physitrack. The plus is that no equipment is necessary, except possibly for some small accessories such as exercise bands, which may be obtained at our clinic, or dropped off by a family member or friend.
We are also offering the option of one on one exercise sessions in a strict hygienically controlled environment at our clinic.