Joint problems are often caused by degenerative joint disease, sports injuries or repetitive use. Most people find that joint pain gradually increases over time, and because of the pain associated with movement, they begin to give up active hobbies and recreational activities a little at a time. Finally, everyday activities like dressing, going up and down stairs, getting in and out of vehicles and even walking are a challenge.
It has been possible to replace damaged or worn-out knees and hips with fully functional artificial implants for more than 20 years. Saint Alphonsus offers a unique integrated program of rehabilitation through the Joint Care Center. The program focuses on individualized strengthening, in-depth education and group rehabilitation to lay the foundation for successful joint surgery recovery.
Each day in the Joint Care Center is filled with scheduled activities that include dressing in comfortable street clothes and attending individual therapy sessions and group activities. A unique feature of the program is the mentor/coach, chosen by the patient to serve as a personal rehabilitative coach, offering continual support every step of the way.
The Joint Care Center program is a personal experience, designed for people in need of hip or knee replacement. The goal of the program is to increase mobility after surgery and to improve overall outcomes. Group size is limited to a small number of patients, who, with the support of their "coaches" and a dedicated team of Saint Alphonsus Orthopedic professionals, learn how to make themselves stronger and how to care for their new joints.