Physical therapy in Boston, Massachusetts for prehab before joint replacement

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Meet with the best prehab before joint replacement physical therapists in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts, Luna has physical therapists who specialize in prehab before joint replacement. Our PTs understand that joint replacement can be a difficult and nerve-wracking experience, and they’ll work with you to ensure that you’re both mentally and physically prepared for your operation.

Luna provides first-class physical therapy to patients in the comfort of their homes. Our physical therapists come to you — it’s physical therapy, delivered.

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What is prehab for joint replacement surgery?

While physical therapy following a joint replacement surgery is standard care for all patients, it’s only recently that hospitals and doctors have begun to recommend preoperative physical therapy as well. Known as “prehabilitation,” this physical therapy has been shown to diminish the need for postoperative care by almost 30 percent, saving an average of over $1200 per patient.

According to a 2014 study of 4,733 total hip replacement and total knee replacement surgeries, only 54.2 percent of patients who received preoperative care required postoperative care services, compared to 79.7 percent of the patients who did not receive preoperative care. The study showed that prehab can be both more cost-effective and more beneficial to patient health.

It’s recommended that patients begin a prehab program at least six weeks prior to their surgery, and many medical professionals believe that short, daily sessions are more effective for prehab than longer weekly sessions. Patients who wish to participate in prehab may meet with a physical therapist weekly or bi-weekly to check progress and learn new exercises, however they may also be counseled to perform exercises on their own each day between sessions.

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Who can benefit from prehab for joint replacement surgery?

Many patients often consider knee and hip replacements when they’re suffering from osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis worldwide. However, fear of a grueling recovery process often holds patients back from undergoing life-changing joint replacement surgery.

For these patients, prehab is an excellent option. Some patients have been living with arthritic pain for so long that they are severely deconditioned; a physical therapy exercise plan can increase their strength and fitness level prior to surgery, helping them to prepare for a safe surgery and a quick recovery.

The conditions that most commonly require joint replacement include:

  • Osteoarthritis in the knees
  • Osteoarthritis in the hips

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Physical therapy before a joint replacement

Because patients undergoing joint replacement surgery will have different needs, different timelines, and varying levels of fitness, prehab routines must be personalized by a licensed physical therapist. Generally, any prehab routine will include a mix of low-impact cardiovascular exercises and strength exercises, which are intended to strengthen the muscles around the affected joint.

Source: My Southern Health
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Frequently asked questions

Where are Luna therapists seeing patients?

Our therapists are ready to conduct physical therapy appointments in the comfort of your home throughout the Boston area. Across all the communities we cater to, we bring physical therapy to your doorstep, prioritizing convenience for your PT experience.

Is physical therapy covered by insurance?

At Luna, we work in harmony with various insurance plans, making the benefits verification process seamless. Rest assured, your co-pay with Luna will consistently mirror the specified amount in your insurance plan for visiting a PT clinic. We gladly welcome all major insurances and Medicare.

Is there a waiting list for new patients?

Absolutely not! We believe in simplifying the process for patients to initiate their physical therapy with us. Welcoming new patients is a top priority, and for most, their first at-home physical therapy session can be arranged within just 48 hours of signing up. Our therapists maintain flexible schedules, operating from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week. Check Availability.

Who are Luna’s physical therapists?

At Luna, our therapists are seasoned practitioners, boasting a minimum of 3 years of professional practice, often with a wealth of additional experience. Each therapist undergoes a meticulous interview and thorough background check. We exclusively work with therapists who are wholeheartedly committed to delivering top-tier care to their patients.

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