Rehab Goal: Work with patients and their families to provide the highest level of independence following total joint replacement surgery. This includes mobility, self care, and safe return to home.
This program is designed to provide acute therapy care to patients who have had a
- Total Knee Replacement/Arthroplasty
- Total Hip Replacement/Arthroplasty
The program consists of:
- Physical and Occupational Therapy in both an individual and group setting.
- A “Total Joint Protocol” is used which is approved by your Orthopedic Surgeon
- Emphasis is on mobility so the patient spends less time in the hospital bed, and more time doing functional activity.
- Individual and group therapy is used to increase motivation, help develop a more positive attitude, and speed progress.
L-R (back row-standing) Sandra Lauria, OTRL, Brenda Clifford, OTRL/Rehab Coordinator, Diane Neumeyer, PTA, Bryan Deloney, DPT, Mike Micho, PTA, Judy Kelpinski, Rehab Aide
L-R (front row-sitting) Amanda LaVigne, OTRL, Jeanann Voss, PT, Randy Gregg, PTA, Paul Ouilette, SLP/CCC, Kelly Harvey, OTRL, Pat Starke, PT.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Joint Express program is a treatment approach that combines pre-operative education, personalized pain management and advanced therapy techniques. Compared to traditional hip and knee replacement rehabilitation, the Joint Express program gets patients moving sooner and shortens recovery time. One of the special features that makes Joint Express so successful is the dedicated physical and occupational therapy professionals and nursing staff. Consistent communication and coordination of care between therapy and nursing staff results in better pain management and a quicker recovery.
Rehabilitative Services plays a vital role in the program. PT and OT offer a combination of individual and group therapy in order to increase motivation, help the patients develop a more positive attitude and speed the recovery process.
A typical patient would receive the following Rehabilitative Services treatment plan:
Prior to Surgery:
- Several weeks prior to surgery, the patient is invited to attend an educational class taught by physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and case management.
- Patient receives an individual beside Physical Therapy evaluation. The PT teaches the patient and family how to move in bed, sit at the edge of the bed, transfer and ambulate with an assistive device.
- Patient receives individual Physical Therapy at the bedside for therapeutic exercise, transfer training and ambulation.
- An Occupational Therapy evaluation is performed at the bedside for equipment needs and self care activities.
- Patient continues gait training and ambulates to the Joint Express room for group therapy sessions with PT and OT for upper extremity and lower extremity strengthening and range of motion.
- Continue with program of gait training, therapeutic exercise and self care activities.
- Encourage “coach” participation in therapy (The coach is a family member or friend who will assist the patient when they go home)
- Continue gait training, stair climbing and group therapy sessions.
- Continued self care activities & toilet/shower transfers as needed with OT
- Equipment is ordered for discharge.
BENEFITS OF GROUP THERAPY:
- Motivates patients to try harder
- Patients can support / encourage each other
- It is more fun and social
- “Good to see other people with the same problem”
- “Therapy was serious, but the therapist made it fun”
- “It was good to be able to leave the room for awhile”
- “Helps to know what is going to happen”
Overall, the program has been very successful in decreasing the length of stay for joint replacement patients by helping them become more functionally independent sooner. It provides better pain management and has produced increased positive customer feedback.
Locations where this service is offered:
The Joint Express Program is offered at the main hospital (East Campus). Following your therapy in the program you may require additional out patient services. Please feel free to visit any of our sites listed below where you will receive excellent care following your joint replacement surgery.
Center for Rehabilitation
McLaren Bay Region West Campus
3190 E. Midland Rd.
Bay City, MI 48706
Phone: (989) 667-6600
Fax: (989) 667-6610
West Side Medical Mall - Physical Therapy Center
4175 Euclid Ave.
Bay City, MI 48706
Phone: (989) 667-3646
Fax: (989) 667-3637
East Side Medical Mall - Physical Therapy Center
1454 West Center Rd (at Pine)
Essexville, MI 48732
Phone: (989) 895-4640
Fax: (989) 895-4641
Pinconning Physical Therapy
4293 N. Huron Rd. Suite 2
Pinconning, MI 48650
Phone: (989) 879-5500
Fax: (989) 879-5395
Auburn Rehabilitation Center
312 Midland Rd.
Auburn, MI 48611
Phone: (989) 662-6387
Fax: (989) 662-6409
Riverview Physical Therapy - (Located in the YMCA)
225 Washington Avenue
Bay City, MI 48706
Phone: (989) 895-4340
Fax Number: (989) 895-4338