Home Exercise Program (HEP)
Many patients with arthritis rely on their joints over their muscles for support and thus the muscles become weaker, which interferes with their recovery. It is imperative that you participate in a preoperative exercise program. Exercising before surgery can help you build up your strength and endurance as well as prepare you for the rehabilitation necessary after surgery. Research shows that patients who participate in “prehab” have better outcomes than those who do not.
Exercising is essential to obtain the best results from a joint replacement. You need to participate in an on-going, self-motivated home exercise program every single day. This home exercise program or HEP should be completed 2-3 times per day. At your initial evaluation following surgery, your physical therapist may provide you with new exercises. Don't progress your exercises without consulting your physical therapist first!
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