Great article on Pilates Bridge about Pilates post knee and hip replacement. Some excerpts are posted below, or you can read the whole article HERE.
1. What unique benefits does Pilates offer after a knee/hip replacement?Katherine and Kimberly Corp, the owners of Pilates On Fifth in New York City say,
3. What muscle imbalances are most common after hip/knee surgery?One of the amazing parts of the Pilates method is that it addresses body as a whole. It doesn’t only strengthen a particular group of muscles or increases range of motion in one joint, it trains the whole body as an integrated system.
After surgery it would seem logical that only the affected side of the body needs extra attention. In reality we see that the entire body bares the consequences of surgery and any pre-surgical condition.
5. When is it safe to start a Pilates-based rehabilitation program?It is important to obtain clearance from the surgeon to start a Pilates program. Some patients can start doing Pilates just 6 weeks post-op while others need several months before they can come to the studio.
A lot of physical therapists now use Pilates equipment to further facilitate recovery of their patients. Many Pilates studios (like Pilates on Fifth in New York) also have PTs working at their facilities.
The number of physical therapy sessions covered by insurance differs from patient to patient and it has great impact on how soon a client can come back to Pilates. Pilates proves to be an effective and cost-efficient way to facilitate recovery after the initial PT sessions are over.
It is important to obtain exercise guidelines from the PT or from the surgeon before starting a Pilates program.