Those who suffer from knee pain know how frustrating even the simplest activities become – every step can be torture.
When other treatment options just haven't been effective, total knee replacement is sometimes the answer. If you decide to undergo a total knee replacement, the Every Step Joint Replacement Center can help you return to a normal life as quickly as possible.
Every Step is a hands-on joint replacement program that emphasizes safe, quick recovery from knee and hip replacement. We do this by focusing on education, rehabilitation and peer encouragement in a group setting. And we work with you and your "coach" – a spouse, family member, caregiver or trusted friend – every step of the way.
We have developed a comprehensive course of treatment in which you, your coach and other patients play key roles. You will participate in educational and physical therapy sessions with others who are also having joints replaced.
This group approach provides much-needed support and encouragement throughout both the preparation for and rehabilitation from surgery.
And with our team of providers, which is specially trained in knee replacement and recovery, most patients begin to see results just hours after surgery and are usually home within three days. Your team will include:
In a healthy knee, cartilage allows you to move without experiencing pain. However, when the knee is unhealthy due to damage or arthritis, the cartilage wears away, causing the bones to rub together. Bony spurs can form inside and around the knee joint, making walking, climbing stairs and other movement extremely painful.
Knee replacement surgery is generally recommended for patients with severe knee pain and disability caused by damage to the cartilage from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or trauma. The procedure is highly successful in relieving pain and restoring joint function.
Please discuss the benefits and risks of total knee replacement with your doctor. To help determine if the surgery is right for you, certain diagnostic tests may also be necessary, such as:
At Every Step, every detail of your knee replacement – from pre-surgery education to post-surgery rehabilitation and recovery – is reviewed with you. The better you know what to expect and understand what is happening and why, the less stressful your rehabilitation will be. As an added benefit, reduced stress helps decrease your recovery time.
Because of the collaborative nature of our program – between doctors and other providers, case managers, patients and their coaches – 98 percent of our patients go straight to outpatient therapy after their hospital stays. It's common in other programs for knee replacement patients to have to stay in a skilled nursing facility before returning home.
We're confident your experience with us will be a positive one. Many former patients actually return to volunteer in the center to help other patients. Though the stay is just a few days, chances are high you'll come to think of the Every Step team as family.
The Every Step Joint Replacement program offers total knee and hip replacement in Kingsport at Holston Valley Medical Center and in Bristol at Bristol Regional Medical Center.
If you have questions or want to learn more about total knee replacement or the Every Step Joint Replacement Center, please contact us.
If you have questions or would like more information about total knee or total hip replacement, please let us know.
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