There are many things to consider when planning a total knee replacement, total hip replacement or shoulder surgery. After helping hundreds of patients through this process the top three things we have found to be most helpful are time of year, deductibles and choosing your rehab facility to ensure success.
Time of Year:
Many choose to have a surgery towards the end of the year so they can recover during the fall or winter months so they don’t miss summer vacations, outside projects or just the good weather. Going through the rehab process can be a lot of work and having fewer distractions will really help.
Choosing to have a surgery towards the end of the year can be beneficial in a financial way as well. Many patients deductibles are met and it makes sense to have a procedure done while it will cost your pocket book less.
Choose the Right PT Clinic for You:
Studies indicate the most important factor in you being successful in your rehab is choosing a convenient location close to home and a place where you feel comfortable with the physical therapist and the office staff. Many patients just assume they have to go to physical therapy wherever their surgeon’s office might recommend. Patients don’t know that their surgeon often times has very little to do with sending them to therapy and instead its their medical assistant. What patients don’t know is they get sent somewhere usually based on the fact their surgeon shares the same building or the physician is employed by the same hospital that also owns the physical therapy clinic.
We are the only clinic in town now that is not in the same office as another physician. We get referrals from doctors in town but mostly from our previous patients or their friends and family. This causes us to pay attention to details and making sure our patients have the best possible experience at our office. So weather you yourself are considering having an elective surgery or know someone who is feel free to share this info or this link.
As a reminder, all patients do not need a referral to go to physical therapy. Call now to make an appointment, and we’ll send all necessary communications to your primary care provider.
Jesse H. Elliott, DPT, Licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy with Siskiyou PT
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