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How to Recover from Joint Surgery

If you require corrective surgery to mitigate against the effects of joint or muscle pain, it is essential to practice care tactic throughout the recovery. Otherwise, failing to practice proper care techniques can result in additional injuries, a delayed healing, additional costs and increased pain. To prevent this from occurring to you there are a variety of tactics that should be practiced. From frequent rest, to low impact exercises, healthy eating, and assistive devices, knowing how to care for your body can prevent prolonged damage. For more information on these care tactics continue onto the article below where the most vital ones are outlined.


One of the most important tactics that can help to ensure a quick recovery is rest. Patients from Green Bay, Appleton, or Oshkosh who recently underwent a total joint replacement surgery will be able to recover quicker if they do not place addition strain on the joint. To avoid this, patients should ensure that they stay off of the muscle and avoid using it unnecessarily. Over time, as the recovery progresses the patient will be able to introduce more movement to the joint. However, attempting to use it freely following the procedure can result in additional injuries and a prolonged healing process. Rather, patients should ensure that they have a comfortable environment to rest in until they are done recovering.

Follow the Doctor’s Instructions

Every patient is different, and has a different set of contains that are impacting their joints. For this reason, it is critical to carefully follow the recovery instructions the doctor gave to you. The instructions that they provided to you will be personalized. Meaning, they’ll take into consideration your unique circumstances. Failing to follow the advice that is given to you after the procedure can mitigate the effectiveness of the procedure. Further, it can prolong the healing process and result in a more painful experience.

Low-Impact Exercises

Prior to attempting any exercise, it is critical for patients to speak to their doctor. Once their doctor approves, it is recommended that patients begin to introduce low-impact exercises into their daily routine. This will help to regain the strength of the muscle and ensure it is working correctly. Further, the exercises can help to prevent the muscle that is around the joint from weakening. Over time, if the muscle is not moved it can begin to suffer and lose its strength. This can have a further impact on the pain and discomfort felt when trying to move the joint as more pressure will be placed on it. Rather than have this happen to you, consider speaking to your doctor about care tactics following the surgery that prevent long term damage.

When You Are Ready

Request a consultation with one of the orthopedic specialists at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute. Call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online. Do your homework, talk to friends and family members, neighbors and colleagues to identify the best option for you.

OSI has convenient locations to serve you. The campus in Appleton includes clinics, a surgery center, MRI, physical therapy, and a skilled nursing facility, as well as a walk-in clinic that provides care for new orthopedic injuries. OSI has outreach clinics in Green Bay, New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location at 600 N. Koeller Street in Oshkosh.

OSI is a proud member of NOVO Health.