The wonders of joint replacement surgery allow people who have been bedridden to rediscover their mobility. Joint replacement surgery is a medical miracle that can help people return to a normal life of mobility, but it is not without its drawbacks. There can be significant pain that comes with joint replacement surgery. Follow these five tips to help manage any pain you experience after a joint replacement surgery.
It is very important to get the proper rest after undergoing joint replacement surgery. Your joint will be very inflamed and swollen for at least a week after the surgery. You need to use the joint as little as possible for the first week after the surgery to help manage the pain.
After your joint surgery, it is very important that you regularly ice the joint to manage the pain and swelling. It is important to elevate the joint and to ice it several times a day. Never apply the ice directly to the skin. Use an ice bag or wrap to securely place the ice around the swollen joint. Ice it in 20-minute sessions several times a day.
3. Weather Changes
After you undergo a joint replacement, you may find that the joint aches whenever the weather is about to change. This is caused by the drop in the barometric pressure in the atmosphere that accompanies weather changes. This drop in the pressure of the atmosphere allows the fluid in the joint to expand, which causes the pain that happens. If you experience this joint pain with weather changes, you can quickly alleviate the pain by warming the joint. Use a heating pad or put on warm clothing to alleviate the pain.
4. Warm Up
One of the most common reasons that people experience pain with their new joints is that they exercise without warming up properly. It is very important to take it slowly when you have a new joint. Make sure to spend a good deal of time on warm-up exercises before you engage in any physical activity. This will help to prevent you from experiencing joint pain.
5. Water Is Your Friend
After you experience joint replacement, you should strengthen your muscles in a safe environment to protect your joints. One of the best ways to decrease pain while increasing strength is water therapy. Due to buoyancy, the therapeutic properties of water can provide you with effective exercises that are also gentle on your joints. Water exercises also help decrease inflammation and increase function. Whether you have undergone shoulder, knee or hip replacement surgery, doing gentle water exercises will help you get back to doing all of your daily living activities without putting undue strain on your new joint.
Suzanne Andres, Star of Functional Fitness on PBS TV
About the Author: Star of Functional Fitness airing to over 45 million on PBS TV, Suzanne Andrews is a licensed rehabilitation clinician and producer of Arthritis Water Therapy Kit that includes the only water resistant instructional booklet in the US. The DVD is available at all major online websites. The complete kit with the water resistant booklet is ONLY available at HealthWiseExercise.comSharing is Caring!