After a joint replacement, patients often aren’t sure of all their rehabilitation options or whether inpatient or outpatient therapy is the right choice. At Bacharach, we offer three outpatient joint replacement options, home therapy, Joint Day Rehab and traditional therapy, to help patients restore function without an overnight hospital stay.
“With more and more procedures being performed minimally invasively, the post-operation recovery is faster, making outpatient settings perfect for post-joint replacement rehab,” says Joyce Glick, PT, MAHS, vice president of ambulatory care at Bacharach. “Our outpatient joint replacement programs are very hands-on, and we incorporate the patient’s overall goals during treatment, which has resulted in high success and satisfaction rates and patient encouragement.”
Developed as an alternative to inpatient therapy, Joint Day Rehab provides patients with intensive therapy five days a week, beginning the day after being discharged from the hospital. Patients are picked up and dropped off at the beginning and end of each day of therapy by Bacharach transportation. Each patient works with a case manager, rehab nurse, physical therapist and, if needed, occupational therapist to regain range of motion, strength and balance. Joint Day Rehab is offered at five locations, including Hammonton, Manahawkin, North Cape May, Pomona and Somers Point.
“Often utilized by patients who have other medical conditions, Joint Day Rehab provides more oversight and longer sessions of therapy for those who need more intensive care,” says Glick. “At the end of their five-day program, patients continue their therapy in a traditional outpatient setting.”
Home therapy is offered to patients who need physical or occupational therapy but face barriers that make it difficult to get out of their home. These patients may be elderly, have many flights of steps in their homes, have difficulty getting around or have an apprehension about leaving their homes. Offered in Atlantic, Cape May and Southern Ocean Counties, therapists will visit patients in their homes to assess safety and build a therapy plan before transitioning them to outpatient therapy at one of Bacharach’s therapy centers.
Traditional outpatient therapy allows post-joint replacement patients to continue their therapy at one of Bacharach’s 17 physical therapy centers in shorter sessions. Our physical therapists assess the areas of greatest weakness in the body and use a variety of techniques to eliminate pain, build strength and increase flexibility. The Bacharach van service can be utilized depending on the availability and location.
Before joint replacement surgery is performed, Bacharach offers prehab, which is preoperative surgery rehab. A therapist visits the patient at his or her home to assess current functioning and get a baseline of the patient’s flexibility and strength.
“Most people aren’t aware that prehab exists, but it has been proven to improve the overall functional outcome after surgery,” say Glick. “Prehab can occur up to two weeks before surgery and only requires one or two sessions. It is tremendously beneficial – it educates patients, identifies expectations, helps manage recovery, eases patient anxiety and improves post-joint replacement functioning.”
To learn more about Bacharach’s many outpatient joint replacement program options, please call 609-652-7000.