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Join the St. Mary’s Hospital Physical Therapy team Wednesday, March 28, 6 p.m., in the downstairs breakroom of the Cottonwood Clinic for an informative presentation on recovery after surgery.

“If you or someone you know is planning to have major joint surgery in the near or distant future, this talk is for you,” said Gary McEwen, physical therapist. “We will talk about what to expect before surgery for the shoulder, knee and hip and will also discuss what to expect for rehabilitation once the surgery is over. Lynly Hebert, our occupational therapist, will be cov-ering self-care, assistive devices and in-home care post op.”

“I will provide information regarding tips to prepare for surgery and equipment that may be beneficial afterwards, as well as local resources for equipment,”said Hebert. “We will also be discussing services we provide after surgery, such as our swingbed program and outpatient therapy services.”

Rehabilitation through physical and/or occupation-al therapy are the post-surgical programs used to de-crease pain and swelling, minimize further trauma and to re-establish joint motion, muscle strength and joint function.

It is important to understand that rehabilitation is a long process. While the surgery is performed within hours, the rehabilitation may be many months.

“We try to educate patients on the proper motion, strength, and mechanics while they are doing daily activities after surgery. We also try to encourage them as to what are appropriate levels of activity and function after having a surgery,” said McEwen.

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