A dedication to working at recovery is essential for the best results from joint replacement surgery. Patients will receive written instructions concerning physical therapy when they leave the hospital, and the patient's physician will refer them to either home therapy services or send them to an outpatient rehabilitation center.

Patients will learn exercises they should do at home, and a commitment to these exercises will help patients recover faster.

Patients may want to participate in the aquatic program offered at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. In this program, participants are led through a series of specially designed exercises that, with the aid of the water's buoyancy and resistance, can help improve joint flexibility and muscular strength.

The warm water and gentle movements can also help relieve pain and stiffness. A physician's permission is required to participate in the class.

For more information on the aquatic program, call 972-981-8185.

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