While joint replacement may be thought of as a last resort for some, it can provide lasting relief for chronic pain caused by degenerative joint conditions.
The procedure itself is relatively simple, involving the removal of damaged cartilage and bone from the affected joint before replacing them with artificial components made from metal or plastic.
By taking on the strain that would have previously been placed on the damaged joint, these components can drastically reduce pain while also allowing greater freedom of movement.
What Happened to Adam Sandler
Sandler recently underwent hip replacement surgery and has been spotted walking with a cane for mobility. The 56-year-old actor, best known for his roles in films like 'Happy Gilmore' and 'Uncut Gems', had the pre-scheduled surgery around Labor Day.
Sources said that the procedure was successful and Sandler is expected to make a full recovery. His wife Jackie was seen accompanying him on a coffee run in Brentwood, California, where he looked much healthier than before. Jennifer Aniston, who co-starred with Sandler in ‘Murder Mystery 2’, revealed that both she and Sandler were left in pain after shooting the movie.
Despite this, Sandler joked about feeling old after his hip surgery. He noted that it was tough to not be able to tie his own shoes.
A Common Experience
For people who aren’t quite to retirement age yet, getting a joint replacement can make them feel as if they are aging faster than they should.
This kind of worry is understandable, but it is important to remember that joint replacement surgery is a viable option for anyone whose quality of life has been significantly impacted by their condition.
And if you prepare for the surgery properly, your recovery time will be significantly reduced.
While the decision to undergo such a procedure may take some time and careful consideration, those who have had successful surgeries often report that their quality of life improved dramatically afterwards.
Furthermore, modern advances in prosthetic technology mean that joint replacements can often last well into old age before needing to be replaced. With the right kind of post-surgery care and physical therapy, those who get joint replacements can look forward to living healthy lives for many years to come.
The real difference comes down to how a client physically prepares their body in the weeks leading up to the surgery itself.
How to Prepare Your Clients For Hip and Knee Replacement
Working with a personal trainer can be extremely beneficial when preparing for a hip or knee replacement surgery. Therefore you, as a certified personal trainer, can create an exercise program tailored to the individual's needs and physical capabilities, helping them to build strength and prepare their body for surgery.
Additionally, you can work with rehabilitation specialists and physical therapists to ensure that your client is receiving the best possible care before, during, and after the procedure.
The goal of this combined approach is to restore mobility and reduce post-surgical pain while at the same time providing much needed psychological support.
Personal trainers can also provide detailed advice on how to properly stretch and use correct form while exercising, making it easier for people who have had joint replacement surgeries to remain active following their recovery.
Scope of Practice
Just remember that, as with all things, your scope of practice here is essential! Your role is not to diagnose injuries, treat injuries, or offer any sort of medical advice. Your role in this process is to work in conjunction with your client's medical team to facilitate their needs. Make absolutely sure that you review your scope of practice before training clients in this respect.
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