Our physical therapy department has introduced extended hours to better accommodate our patients. Our therapy staff is available from 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and 8:00 a.m. – noon on Saturday. Many of our patients are coordinating their physical therapy schedules with work and other family or personal obligations. It is our hope that these extended hours will allow more opportunities to complete their prescribed therapy regimen and ensure full healing. For Medicare patients, please contact our office for information on available hours.
We are also introducing a concept known as prehab. Prehab is therapy prescribed to the patient to be completed before surgery. The exercises strengthen the part of the body where surgery will occur with the hopes that it will lead to faster healing times after the procedure. Strength and flexibility are improved and some studies show a reduced risk for surgical complications. Prehab is an option for all surgical candidates but specifically patients who are scheduled for total hip replacement, total knee replacement, total shoulder replacement, rotator cuff repair, and ACL surgery.
“Prehab is a combination of providing knowledge and establishing an exercise routine prior to surgery,” said Ashley Miller, PT, physical therapy Clinic Director. “In many cases, prehab has provided an emotional benefit to the patient as well as improved surgical outcomes.”
Finally, for patients who have total knee or hip replacements, MTBJ physical therapy staff will be available to come to the patient’s home to start therapy after the patient is released from the hospital. This option is geared toward patients in the Columbia area that need a little extra help with independence at home, prior to starting therapy at the clinic. Insurance would allow for home visits for most patients, and the remaining visits can be done on site at our MTBJ physical therapy suite.
Mid-Tennessee Bone and Joint continually strives to provide patients with compassionate, specialized, and exceptional care in all areas of orthopedics and physical therapy. We are delighted to offer these new options in caring for your health!