Joint Replacements: The Patient’s Surgical Journey
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Joint Replacements: The Patient’s Surgical Journey

Author(s): Annie Morien, PhD, PA-C, LMT

3CE credits 13 Lessons Text

Explore the causes, problems, treatments, surgical approaches (and their benefits and problems) and components for joint replacement, as well as non-surgical and less invasive surgical solutions. Learn about the role of massage therapy for patients both pre- and post-surgery, and how massage therapy can work in conjunction with the rest of the joint replacement patient’s medical team.

Take a look at joint replacement options and the role of massage therapy in pre- and post-surgical patients who have had various kinds of joint replacement. When you finish this course you will be able to:
  • Discuss how massage plays a role in pre- and post surgery for joint replacement patients.
  • Describe how osteoarthritis causes joint pain and the six factors for osteoarthritis.
  • Assess nonsurgical and surgical approaches, their benefits and complications, for patients with joint problems.
  • Review the research-defined benefits of massage therapy for patients of joint replacement and other surgeries.

  1. Basics of Joint Replacement
  2. Osteoarthritis and Joint Replacement
  3. The Path of Osteoarthritis
  4. Surgical Options for Hips
  5. Hip Replacement Pros and Cons
  6. Surgical Approaches — the Hip
  7. Hip Repair Complications and Revisions
  8. Knee Replacement
  9. Knee Replacement Pros and Cons
  10. Surgical Approaches — The Knee
  11. Post-surgery — Rehabilitation and Conditioning
  12. Current Research
  13. Being Mindful Before and After Surgery

Annie Morien, PhD, PA-C, LMT, received her Master's degree in Exercise Physiology and her Doctorate in Physiology.  She teaches CE workshops to professional bodyworkers, and is the author of numerous scientific research publications, massage therapy articles, and on-line courses.  Dr. Morien maintains a massage therapy practice, teaches at the Florida School of Massage, and is actively involved with AMTA, FSMTA, AFMTE and the Massage Therapy Foundation.