Therapy typically starts the same day as surgery. Physical therapy will help you walk in your room and work on transfers from bed to chair the same day as surgery. The following mornings and afternoons of therapy focus on walking further distances and increasing strength.
Occupational therapy will help you figure out activities of daily living, such as getting dressed as well as donning socks and shoes after a total joint surgery.
Upon your dismissal, you will be given specific instructions for continuing therapy at home. Should you need additional professional physical therapy, all arrangements will be made prior to your dismissal.
Everyone heals differently and in varied amounts of time, however you should be able to resume an active life in four to six weeks.