Joint Journey Class Prepares Patients for Joint Replacement Surgery

Each year, more than 700,000 people make the decision to undergo joint replacement surgery (arthroplasty). Joint replacement aims to relieve patients’ pain, restore their independence, and return them to work and other daily activities.  If you and your doctor have decided that it is time for you to have total knee or hip replacement, Memorial Hospital and Manor invites you to attend a free Joint Journey class on the third Thursday of each month.. This class will help you know exactly what to anticipate after the surgery, the daily expectations of rehabilitation therapy, and what you can do to help your recovery process. Preparation, education, continuity of care, and a pre-planned discharge are essential for optimum results in joint surgery. Communication with your medical care team is essential to this process.

Joint Journey is a two-hour educational class for patients who have scheduled hip or knee replacement surgery, or who have been advised to have the surgery. The free Joint Journey class offers extensive pre-operative education for patients and their families to enhance faster healing and recovery. Topics discussed are:

  • What to expect after surgery
  • How to optimize the recovery process
  • Occupational therapy and physical therapy
  • Equipment during your hospital stay and at home
  • Exercises to promote healing
  • Nursing care
  • Tips on preparing your home for your return

The Joint Journey team includes physical and occupational therapists, and nurses who are specially trained in total joint care, and who work closely with your doctor and the staff at Southern Orthopedic Specialists to maximize your recovery.  We know joint replacement patients are anxious to return to their active, independent lifestyles. Our group approach to pre-surgical education adds support and motivation,” said Barbara Cliff-Miller, PT, Director of Rehab at Memorial Hospital and Manor. “Our goal is to answer any questions that patients or their family members may have and prepare them for the recovery process.”

Jamie Williams, Physical Therapy Assistant, added, “Patients who have total joint replacement at Memorial Hospital and Manor generally stay about three days on the acute care floor after surgery, then they are transferred to the swingbed unit for rehab for 10-14 days. Unlike other hospitals, our patients do not have to transfer to a separate facility for physical therapy.  Their complete care is available here, which is an added convenience for patients and their families.”

Rehabilitation Therapy

Memorial Hospital and Manor’s Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services are provided to individuals of all age groups who demonstrate functional limitations that interfere with their ability to perform their normal activities of daily living. The Rehab Department also offers preventative training to industry, schools and the general public in order to promote health and wellness within our community. The Outpatient Rehab Department is located at Memorial Medical Center, 603 Wheat Avenue, in Bainbridge, Georgia. Patients with a physician order may schedule appointments by calling (229) 243-8124. Licensed Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, and Massage Therapists lead a team of Licensed Assistants in offering the following services:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech / Language Pathology
  • Wound Care (click here for more information)
  • Camp Joy (click here for more information)

Rehab Services are provided in various settings, including:

  • Inpatient
  • Swingbed
  • Outpatient
  • Pool / Aquatics
  • Schools
  • Adult MR Service Center
  • Nursing Home

Who Benefits From Physical Therapy?

Anyone who is dealing with physical disabilities resulting in pain, decreased range of motion, decreased strength, or impaired ability to perform gross motor skills (transfer from one position to another, stand, walk, etc.) would benefit from physical therapy services. Physical Therapy also plays an active role in wound care management (inpatient and outpatient). Examples of patients treated by a Physical Therapist are:

  • patients with arm or leg injuries
  • patients who suffer from chronic conditions such as arthritis.
  • pediatric patients with birth injuries or developmental delay in gross motor skills
  • geriatric patients with functional limitations following a stroke, heart attack, burn, amputation or generalized deconditioning
  • an athlete with sprain, strain or fracture
  • a patient with work-related, repetitive-stress injury such as tendonitis or bursitis
  • a patient with spinal cord injuries
  • an orthopedic patient who has undergone surgical repair of arm, leg or spine
  • patients with open wounds
  • patients with neurological conditions or history of stroke.
  • patients with loss of balance or difficulty walking

Who Benefits From Occupational Therapy?

Anyone who needs treatment to facilitate independence in any aspect of their lives would benefit from occupational therapy (OT) services. OT gives people “the skills for the job of living” and focuses on restoration of range of joint motion, muscle strength, fine motor training, ADL training, and recommendations for job/home site modifications and adaptive equipment. Examples of patients who benefit from Occupational Therapy are:

  • patients with arm/hand injuries
  • patients who suffer from chronic conditions such as arthritis or MS
  • pediatric patients with birth injuries, learning problems or developmental delays
  • geriatric patients with functional limitations following a stroke, heart attack, burn, or amputation
  • athletes with broken bones or other injuries from various types of accidents
  • patients with cognitive problems that threaten their ability to drive
  • patients with work-related, repetitive-stress injuries
  • patients with spinal cord injuries
  • orthopedic patients who have undergone surgical repair of upper extremity dysfunction (tendon repair of hand, rotator cuff repair, total joint replacement)

Who Benefits From Speech Therapy?

Patients who have been diagnosed with a speech-language dysfunction or a swallowing disorder would benefit from speech/language pathology services. Examples of patients who might benefit from Speech/Language Pathology are:

  • patients with slurred speech following a stroke
  • geriatric patients with loss of swallowing ability
  • pediatric patients with delayed language development
  • patients with impaired memory and thinking skills after a stroke
  • patients who are unable to form words after a traumatic brain injury
  • Parkinson’s patients who cough frequently with eating or drinking