Following illness or an operation such as knee or hip replacement surgery, rehabilitation and physiotherapy are key to making a speedy recovery.
If you have undergone joint surgery, the medical team will be keen to get you up and moving even whilst you are still in hospital. Everyone progresses at different rates but the usual time for full recovery and mobility is 6-8 weeks.
Rehabilitation and recovery can be done at home but you should expect to attend at least three physiotherapy sessions a week. Some people decide to go straight from hospital to a short convalescence at a specialist rehabilitation unit so that they can focus solely on their recuperation without any distractions of normal domestic life. Perhaps they live alone without an immediate support network around them or in accommodation with stairs that might initially challenge their ability to move around.
The Chiswick Nursing Centre is well used to helping post-operative patients to a fuIl recovery. Individually tailored nursing is integrated with our in-house specialist physio team to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. In addition, our excellent chef and expert hairdresser mean you don’t have to worry about a thing except being taken care of.
We are highly experienced in the treatment and management of numerous conditions to support convalescence after surgery, illness and to aid cancer recovery, including care of those with a range of other complex needs.
Following hip or knee replacements, physiotherapy sessions are tailored to help recover mobility, build self-confidence, the early detection and corrective treatment of any movement related problems. Some occupational therapy, in addition, will enable you to undertake those every day but essential tasks.
First will come exercises to flex and stretch the joint to counter any stiffness, pain or swelling. Additional routines are designed to strengthen the muscles around the operation site and to help regain or develop balance.
Sessions take place in the Centre’s physiotherapy gym which has state of the art equipment including an interactive video ‘exer-cycle’ suite – which lets you ‘cycle’ through ‘country lanes’ and ‘town areas.’ We know that doing exercises on a regular basis can be a chore for some. Our fully trained staff will do their utmost to make physio enjoyable and you will find them supportive, encouraging and invested in your well-being. They will also assist in ensuring that you are well able to cope with life back at home, both mentally and physically.
Our physiotherapy service is available to those who live locally but don’t want to be resident at The Chiswick. The outpatient service is supported by safe infection control measures and free COVID testing on site. For an appointment call us on 020 8222 7800 or contact us