by Brett R. Levine, MD, AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Committee Chair

Many patients ask before surgery, “What will I need to do after surgery for a successful outcome?” Often the answer is physical therapy/exercises. The Patient and Public Relations Committee decided to cover physical therapy in the newest videos for the patient education library at

Committee Member, Matthew W. Bullock, DO, MPT, explains, “These videos were developed as a home-based guide that most patients can utilize after their surgery. Foundation therapy exercises focusing on range-of-motion, strengthening, balance, and endurance are demonstrated in the videos.”

As much as anything in life, the more you put in, the more you will get out. Usually I explain to patients that it is not just what you do during physical therapy but what you do on your own. The videos are a great guide for basic exercises and stretches to do before and after a hip or knee replacement.

These videos are exactly what I envisioned to guide patients on giving themselves the best chance for an outstanding result after surgery. I anticipate referring my patients to this video bank for pre-hab and rehabilitation after the surgery, and I know you will too. Please feel free to share the links with your patients.