Question:

Is it best to return to work and try to resume physical activity after hip and knee replacement and back surgery.

Answer:

Thank you for your question! Without doing an examination, we are limited in our ability to provide specific information regarding return to work recommendations. That being said, after a series of physical therapy, most people do return to work and physical activity after the surgeries you mentioned. For specific expectations we recommend consulting and working with a physical therapist.

The exact timeline for return to work depend on the specifics of the surgery and the demands of the job and should be discussed and cleared with the surgeon, the physical therapist, and any other involved health care professionals. It is common to be out from work for a short period of time after each of the surgical procedures mentioned.

Generally, physical therapy post-operation for hip or knee replacements and back surgery is focused on managing pain, decreasing swelling, improving range of motion, improving muscle strength and coordination, and working towards a patient’s specific activity related goals. If the surgeon, physical therapist, and patient all have the expectations for a full return to work and physical activity it is best for the patient to return to their normal day to day as recovery allows. In general, the goal is usually to get the patient back to their previous activity level.


**This reply is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, physical therapist, or other qualified health provider with a medical condition.