Inpatient Joint Rehabilitation: What to Expect

inpatient rehabiliationYou’ve made the decision to have your knee or hip replaced and been told that you will need inpatient rehabilitation to get back on your feet. You probably have a lot of questions. What should you expect? How much therapy will you receive? Will your pain be managed? What will you be able to do when you get home?

If you’ve chosen Good Shepherd as your inpatient rehabilitation provider, you can expect:

A Warm Welcome
When you arrive at Good Shepherd, you will find that your room is already prepared and outfitted with any equipment you may need (like a wheelchair, walker or crutches). You will meet some important members of your clinical team and have an evaluation on the first day of your arrival.

Your nurses will monitor your sutures for infection and, along with your physician, work to control your pain. It’s critical to manage your pain so that you are comfortable and can get the most out of therapy.

Individualized Therapy
In the morning, you will meet your occupational therapist who will evaluate your adaptive needs for important self-help skills, like bathing and dressing. Your occupational therapist will help obtain any safety equipment that you may need.

Later in the morning, you will meet your physical therapist. He or she will begin by discussing your lifestyle and home set up. What do you need to be able to do when you get home? Will you need to climb stairs?

Together with your clinical team, you will set individualized goals that are appropriate and attainable during your stay. Throughout your stay, you will have a minimum of three hours of physical and occupational therapy each day to help you reach your goals.

You help determine when and how often you receive therapy, based upon your desires and personality. If you are a morning person, perhaps you will do better with back-to-back therapies in the morning. If pain is an issue, it might work better to have more frequent, shorter therapies throughout the day.

A Carefully Planned Discharge
Your nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist and physician will work together to plan your discharge, but your physician will make the ultimate decision regarding when you are ready to be discharged and where you will go after discharge. Are you ready to go home? Will you need in-home therapy or are you ready for outpatient physical therapy? A care manager will help set up the next level of therapy.

Before you are discharged, your clinical team will work with you to secure any adaptive devices you may need to transition smoothly. As an added convenience, the Good Shepherd General Store and online resource,, carry a number of lifestyle products that help make everyday living easier.

It’s important to understand that your stay in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital is just the beginning of your journey. Home exercise will be critical to your success. Your inpatient physical therapist will design a home exercise program that is right for you.

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