Although the pace of recovery depends on the type of surgery, your overall health and exercise history in addition to your motivation, most patients can expect to use crutches or a walker for three-four weeks and a cane for an additional two-three weeks. Many patients are able to walk without a cane, walker or crutches two months after their surgery.
Riverside rehabilitation centers
After joint surgery, many patients chose to go to one of our Riverside rehabilitation centers rather than home for the first few days of recovery.
The advantages of a Riverside rehabilitation center are many:
- A physiatrist, an M.D. who specializes in physical and rehabilitative medicine, will direct your rehabilitation.
- You will have the benefit of working with our physical therapists several times a day.
- As you become increasingly mobile, you’ll learn to navigate everyday living without injuring your new joint, which can ease the frustration of recovery.
- You will continue to be closely monitored by medical staff.
Ask your surgeon or physician, if a rehabilitation center is right for you.
Many insurance policies cover in-patient rehabilitation services. Contact your insurer in advance of your surgery to ensure you are covered. Ask for an explanation of any out-of-pocket deductible or coinsurance expense. If you qualify for Medicare, you’ll want to determine if your plan will be primary or secondary to Medicare Part A during your stay. Medicare also covers rehabilitation under certain circumstances