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Total Joint Replacement Physiotherapy

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Total joint replacement physiotherapy at HelloPhysio evolves beyond functional movement retraining. The importance of physical therapy after knee replacement or hip surgery begins even before surgical interventions.

HelloPhysio boosts the body's natural healing responses by complementing manual physical therapy with electronmagnetic, radiofrequency, shockwave, and red light adjunct technologies to improve life-long outcomes.

Joint replacements are one of the most common surgical interventions for people who suffer from osteoarthritis. Total knee and hip replacement surgeries account for more than half of all procedures. Shoulder redevelopments or elbow recapitulations are also common conditions requiring surgery.

The total increase in joint replacements can be attributed to various factors. One factor is that we live longer on average, meaning our joints are used for longer lifespans and are used more intensely. Our joints are prone to wear and tear. The “baby boomer” generation represents a significant portion of the population that needs joint replacement surgery.

Developments in medical technology have led to the creation of modern, state-of-the-art compression joints that are more mobile than ever before. Orthopedic surgeons have also honed their surgical skills, making these procedures an accessible treatment option for those suffering from disabling arthritic pain or impairment.

Prehabilitation is a rising clinical strategy to enhance post-operative recovery by better preparing patients for surgery. After a joint replacement surgery, progressive technologies can reduce complications from the onset – e.g., breaking up excessive scar tissue that develops after a surgical procedure often contributing to future disabilities.

Common Joint Replacements Conditions & Physiotherapy Treatment

Joint replacement surgery may be the only option for people with arthritis who have severe joint pain. For some, joint pain can make simple tasks like standing or sitting down painful. These replacement procedures aim to make everyday tasks easier and improve one’s quality of life. 

HelloPhysio’s physiotherapists provide patients with rehabilitative therapies to complement orthopedic surgeons’ post-operative protocols. 

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From MAGNETOLITH, INDIBA, Shockwave Therapy, LightStim MultiWave, and LightSpeed Lift, our advanced physiotherapy treatments are designed to break the pain cycle and calcified scar tissue concurrently. Our physio and rehab team sets you up for optimal recovery to improve your range of motion, strength, endurance, and balance. When combined, HelloPhysio’s leading practitioners and the latest technologies drastically improve surgical outcomes for both orthopedic surgeons and patients. 

Our joint surgery rehabilitation includes, but is not limited for:

  • Total Hip Replacement A common joint replacement surgery is total hip replacement. The hip joint is susceptible to arthritic pains, fractures, or other types of damage. The joint is then replaced with a prosthetic to relieve the knee pain and restore some mobility to the hip. 
  • Total Knee Replacement The knee, like any other joint, is subject to wear and tear. A total knee arthroplasty can help patients restore functionality to their legs. The damaged cartilage and bone will be replaced with a custom-made prosthetic to best suit the person’s leg. 
  • Unicompartmental Knee Replacement Unlike a total knee replacement, unicompartmental knee replacement only involves a portion of the knee joint. These areas could be on either side of the knee (the medial or lateral components) or at the front, where the knee and thigh meet (the patellofemoral compartment).  It is a less invasive surgery than total knee replacement, as only a portion of the knee is operated on. 
  • Shoulder Joint Replacement Shoulder operations are much rarer than knee or hip replacements, as the shoulder does not bear weight, making it less susceptible to wear and tear. Like any joint, arthritis, fractures, or other types of damage can necessitate replacement to alleviate pain and restore mobility. 
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement In a reverse total shoulder replacement, the ball and socket joint are placed in the opposite order at the shoulder joint. It is a surgery usually done for patients with damage to arm muscles like the rotator cuff. This new arrangement allows the arm to move without further damaging or tearing those muscles. 
  • Total Elbow Replacement In cases where the elbow becomes damaged or suffers from arthritis, total elbow replacement may be necessary. Artificial components replace parts of the ulna (the tip of your elbow) and the humerus to restore functionality. 
  • Wrist Joint Replacement (Wrist Arthroplasty) Like other elective surgeries, wrist joint replacement involves adding an artificial component to the joints to restore mobility and reduce pain. There are different types of implants for the wrist joint, as it is a very dense network of complex joints, necessitating other treatments for various injuries. 
  • Ankle Replacement Surgery If the smooth cartilage of the ankle gets worn down, it creates friction, damaging the bones surrounding it with each step. In cases like this, ankle replacement surgery may be necessary. 

Most patients experience pain relief following total joint replacement, but functional performance and strength losses are significant in the year following surgery. The joint replacement does not enable patients to do things they could not do before, but it improves their overall quality of life.

Physiotherapy as a Conservative First Option Before Surgical Intervention

When deciding whether or not to have joint replacement surgery, it is critical that you are adequately educated about the surgery’s risks and benefits, pre-op prehabilitation, and post-op rehabilitation. 

Joints are living tissue, like any other organ in your body, and begin to slowly deteriorate over time through normal wear and tear from daily activities. It’s crucial to remember that the degree of joint deterioration isn’t always directly related to how much pain you might feel. For example, some people may experience only minor or no discomfort in daily activities, yet MRIs may show significant wear and joint degradation.

Your orthopedic surgeon will be best equipped to answer questions about surgical interventions. However, our team at HelloPhysio can provide you with potential alternatives, depending on your injury’s severity.

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Patients and practitioners often seek a “quick fix” without adequately assessing the various treatment alternatives before invasive medical surgeries that may have devastating life-long effects. Given how common these treatments have become, it’s easy to forget that a joint replacement is a major surgical procedure with inherent hazards. There is a movement in modern medicine that looks at more conservative options first, including physiotherapy and technologies to stimulate the body’s natural healing responses.

Most patients react well to physiotherapy, and replacements can sometimes be avoided – or at the very least, substantially postponed until necessary. If invasive surgery is absolutely necessary, our experienced physiotherapy and rehab team will educate you on post-operative expectations and pre-surgical requirements to ensure the best possible outcome. 

Improve Joint Replacement Outcomes with Prehabilitation 

HelloPhysio’s prehabilitation complements our post-surgery rehabilitation treatments to help patients prepare for and recover from joint replacement surgery. We specialize in therapies that address strains, post-surgical requirements, arthritis, and osteoporosis, among other soft tissue injuries.

Prehabilitation is increasingly being explored to improve postoperative outcomes by maximizing patients’ functional conditions before surgery. By undergoing prehabilitation, you can prepare yourself for surgery better and boost your post-surgical results. 

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Research shows that the better you feel before surgery, the better your post-surgical results will be. Prehab physiotherapy will give you small gains in strength and flexibility that can improve your body’s ability to overcome invasive surgery.

The entire continuum of care from before the surgery to after the operation is designed to improve your body’s resilience prior to elective joint surgery. Operations wreak havoc on the body, and the toll is substantial, weakening a person physically and mentally. 

A preoperative assessment with our physiotherapist creates a therapeutic plan to build muscle strength, mobility, range of motion, and joint function before the elective surgery. This puts your body in the best possible condition before surgery.

Joint Replacement Physiotherapy for Rehabilitation after Joint Surgery

Our clinic brings the latest technologies to improve joint replacement recovery in Singapore. Patients having total joint replacement are frequently referred to our clinic for our evidence-based physical therapy to improve postoperative outcomes drastically. For surgical post-op physiotherapy, our comprehensive plans focus on early joint replacement rehabilitation: strength, range of motion, and functional restoration treatment phases for bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscle disorders. 

The early recovery phase occurs right after discharge from, for example, Achilles tendon, hip dysplasia, or posterior tibial tendon surgeries and continues until the condition has healed and swelling diminished. During this time, we focus on reducing pain and using simple exercises to regain muscle function without hindering the healing process. 

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We combine our manual therapy with innovative technologies from EMTT, INDIBA, Shockwave Therapy, LightSpeed Lift, and LightStim Red Light Therapy. These techniques reduce pain, break down scar tissue, activate cellular tissue healing, and improve vascularization, among other benefits. For example:

  • With EMTT Therapy following surgery, the high-oscillation frequencies help to activate the metabolism and revitalize the surrounding treatment area to stimulate self-healing further.
  • Focal Shockwave Therapy works noninvasively to break down fibrous scar tissue adhesion, which leads to immobility in the surrounding tissues for shoulder pathologies.
  • INIDBA is effective before and after elective knee replacement surgery, as it promotes lymphatic and arterial blood circulation. Oxygen flow proliferates throughout the body, which helps to relieve pain, thereby increasing mobility, decreasing recovery time, and reducing edema. 
  • For high-performing athletes who want to recover faster with less stress following ankle surgery, LightSpeed Lift reduces body weight lowering the impact of movement, allowing you to load and retrain your body to walk, jog and run earlier in the recovery process.
  • LightStim Red Light Therapy increases blood circulation to damaged tissues (known as the process of photobiomodulation) following wrist joint replacement. 

Clinical Pilates will build strength and aid in restoring the range of motion in the afflicted region. Simple strengthening exercises will also help the healing process. Using LightSpeed Lift technology, we will get you back on your feet sooner. This new treadmill technology offloads patients’ weight to build strength and restore their range of motion by safely walking and moving with less pressure.

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Functional restoration follows after the client’s strength has returned. Exercises become more challenging to help patients meet the daily physical demands of their lifestyles, restoring mobility, function, and strength.

Although each patient’s case is unique to their injury, lifestyle, and orthopedic surgeon’s treatment plan, HelloPhysio works to restore strength functionally to help every patient meet the daily physical demands of their everyday lifestyle.

Physiotherapy Rehabilitation at HelloPhysio

When a person undergoes hip or knee, shoulder, or elbow replacement surgery, it is essential to find the right orthopedic surgeon and physiotherapist who understand how to hasten recovery safely, improve long-term outcomes, and prevent future issues like osteoporosis. 

Rehabilitation programs are complicated interventions that include many specific therapies with multiple healthcare experts, including orthopedic surgeons and physiotherapists. Individuals’ rehabilitation must be personalized based on their particular circumstances and response to surgery and rehabilitation. 

HelloPhysio’s physical therapists specialize in mobility, movement patterns, and pain management. Our team can assess, diagnose, and treat various musculoskeletal disorders to improve range of motion, reduce pain, and improve strength. As part of your rehabilitation, physiotherapy will help you avoid any secondary complications associated with surgery. 

Joint replacement surgery is not without its risks. Fortunately, HelloPhysio’s multidisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts can help to reduce post-surgery complications.

Explore Other Musculoskeletal Dysfunctions

Foot and ankle injuries are a painful and frequent musculoskeletal condition that can be caused by a simple misstep or a more serious traumatic incidence. The severity of a foot and ankle soft tissue injury range from a minor crack in the bone to tendon and ligament dysfunctions such as in Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis or heel spurs.

Even minor injured areas such as ankle sprains can immobilize you and prevent you from doing the simplest daily activities such as walking to work without pain.

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Patients with hand, wrist, and elbow injuries or dysfunctions can benefit from our comprehensive physiotherapy services with most up-to-date techniques and technologies to improve function and reduce pain. HelloPhysio helps patients who are suffering from conditions related to their upper extremities including: arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures, nerve injuries, post-operative hand wrist and elbow surgeries, tendonitis, or simple sprains.

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Our skilled physiotherapists are here to help you find relief from hip or knee pain caused by a range of conditions. We specialize in physical rehabilitation for these joints, including arthritis, knee pain and injury, hip surgery, post-orthopedic trauma, Runner’s knee, and more.

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Our physiotherapists will provide you with a tailored treatment plan based on your goals and abilities following total knee or hip replacement surgery. HelloPhysio’s entire continuum of care improves clinical outcomes to enable you to resume your normal activities faster. 

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Many people struggle to reclaim their ability to function from a shoulder injury. A shoulder injury can have far-reaching consequences in all aspects of a person’s life. Our team is comprised of experts in physical therapy, who will help you get back to your old self as quickly as possible.

HelloPhysio can offer rehabilitation services to treat conditions related to shoulder injuries, which includes:

  • Dislocation
  • Joint Instability
  • Labral tear
  • Nerve injuries
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis/tear
  • Shoulder dysfunction
  • Sports Injuries
  • Trauma

HelloPhysio therapists can help you manage conditions related to your spine, neck, and back. Treatments for include, but are not limited to:

  • Headaches
  • Hip disorders
  • Lower back pain
  • Lumbar or cervical issues
  • Neck stiffness
  • Pain management
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spinal cord tumors
  • Spinal injury

Preventing injuries and recovering from them when they occur is very important for athletes. Unfortunately, most treatments are general and don’t address the specific needs of each patient.

HelloPhysio offers an innovative approach to sports medicine that has helped many runners in Singapore heal from a soft tissue injury or prevent it altogether

The HelloPhysio team treats common musculoskeletal dysfunctions and sports-related injuries, including:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • ACL sprains or tears
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Knee pain
  • Medial collateral ligament injuries
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Rotator cuff
  • Shoulder impingements

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HelloPhysio paves the way with both traditional physical therapy and the latest technologies to reduce pain, re-establish movement patterns, and activate muscles so that you can return to your daily life.

Physiotherapy treatment plans are different for each client customized to fit an individual’s needs, injury and lifestyle. Treatments from HelloPhysio may be eligible for claims through your health insurance provider.

Contact us today to arrange a session with a senior physiotherapist to discuss a targeted treatment plan.

Phone: +65 8787 3198
Email: hello@hellophysio.sg

HelloPhysio
101 Irrawaddy Road
Royal Square #10-12
Singapore 329565

What is the most effective treatment for a musculoskeletal disorder?

Patients who benefit from our musculoskeletal physical rehabilitation program include those who suffer from acute orthopedic trauma, post-operative patients following joint replacement surgery, or those diagnosed with chronic pain conditions.

As physiotherapy is a catalyst of patient care, HelloPhysio’s physio and rehab team empowers patients with the latest evidence-based information, clinical therapies and leading technology to help you regain function, and without pain.

HelloPhysio’s physiotherapy is tailored to the needs of the individual, depending on the nature of the problem or disease. Explore the various services we provide for patients our physiotherapy clinic in Novena.

Using manual therapy with proper adjunctive state-of-the-art  equipment to enhance tissue healing, our physiotherapists help clients return to pain-free movement faster. Each physiotherapy rehab plan is never the same for each client as we believe in a personalized physio treatment to address each individual’s musculoskeletal injury and life stressors.

We always believe in going one step more at our rehab center in Singapore by providing continuous care that extends beyond just the physical session to adding Telehealth as part of physio treatment plans. From traditional to sports physiotherapy in Singapore, our clinic incorporates the lastest evidenced-based modalities into patient care.

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EMTT® is an advanced technology developed in Switzerland for the treatment of bone, tendon, muscle, nerve and ligament injuries or disorders throughout the body. This is a state-of-the-art therapy is a non-invasive, safe alternative to steroid injections and other interventions.

EMTT can be used to as a pain relief practice to reduce inflammation in difficult to treat conditions such as bone injuries, stress fractures and arthritic joints. We also use of the technology in harder-to-treatment of conditions such as tendinopathies at our Novena physiotherapy clinic in Singapore.

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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) uses shockwaves outside of the body to harness intense short energy waves to reduce pain and heal chronic orthopedic conditions at our rehab center in Singapore. It is a non-invasive but powerful adjunctive physiotherapy treatment that delivers acoustic waves to injured soft tissue to for pain relief and to promote healing.

Using both Focal and Radial ESWT at our physiotherapy clinic, Shockwave Therapy a non-invasive treatment to assist with quick healing of injured tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, etc) at a cellular level. Shockwave works by activating a tissue response by making tissues restart the healing faster while creating minimal scarring.

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Being one of the very few physio clinics in Singapore to fully utilized INDIBA for active rehab, we are proud to say our clients who have received the radiofrequency treatment have reported a decrease in pain immediately post treatment.

INDIBA uses one-of-a-kind long wave radiofrequency of 448 kHz frequency to treat acute, subacute and chronic states of injury. INDIBA creates a therapeutic physio treatment with manual or sports physiotherapy to facilitate tissue recovery while decreasing pain.

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Clinical Pilates is instructed by our highly-experienced trainers to promote strong, stable movement to build muscle strength, improve range of motion, activate postural muscles and the body-brain connection for integrated movement patterns.

As part of our Singapore rehab center, Clinical Pilates targets spine and pelvis alignment in conjunction with breathing and inner core muscles to balance and strengthen the body. Each session may use various rehab techniques, including Pilates reformers, barrel, Stahl bars and other physiotherapy equipment.

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Sports massage therapy uses intense, detailed manipulation of the soft tissue – muscles, tendons, joint capsules and fascia – targeted at trouble spots. Specializing in injury management and chronic pain relief massage, and as part of our our Singapore sports physio treatments, sports massage therapy helps enhance athletic performance by preventing training injuries and decreasing recovery time.

The massage sessions are highly focused with applied techniques including myofascial release, deep compression, muscle stripping and friction, trigger point therapy, stretching and corrective exercises.

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Red Light Therapy at HelloPhysio energizes cells to drive a host of physiological processes in the body by interacting at the cellular level to restore normal cell function.

Also known as Photobiomodulation, the near infrared therapy improves blood circulation, increases the rate of recovery after injuries, decreases pain and inflammation, boosts energy levels, improves muscle performance, aids in sleep, and a host of other benefits.

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As a treatment option at our Novena physiotherapy clinic, Dry Needling is a popular and effective means to treat pain using a sterile needle inserted to trigger points of the muscle and/or fascia to activate our body’s response for a natural anti-inflammatory recovery process, especially for sports physiotherapy clients. Trigger points are targeted by dry needling as other techniques may not be able to go so deep.

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Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a gentle and non-invasive technique that activates the body’s circulation to help the immune system by working with the interstitial and lymphatic system.

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Craniosacral therapy is a non-invasive process balancing the powerful flow of the cerebrospinal fluids and the nervous system. It is used to activate the body to self heal and restore body balance as part of our services at our physio rehab center in Singapore.

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When the COVID pandemic hit globally, rehabilitation and pain relief practice was mandated to go online as physical therapy care at our physio clinics was restricted. The use of digital communication to provide quality treatments ensured continuity and accessibility of care. From that, we realized the effectiveness and the efficiency of telehealth for physiotherapy and rehab.

Research supports telehealth’s benefits to maintain positive client outcomes, especially when it comes to physiotherapy treatment and rehab in Singapore. We all know that life post pandemic has changed and we will continue to provide Telehealth to clients who meet the needs of online consultation.