Total Joint Program

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at University Hospital offers a comprehensive program for people undergoing joint replacement. The program is initiated before your surgery with a preoperative session, continues into your immediate post-operative rehabilitation and concludes with your outpatient physical therapy.

Physical Therapy at IHP
Institute For Human Performance
1st Fl., 505 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & direction
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: Mon. Wed. Fri. - 7am-4:30pm, Tues. Thurs. - 7am-6pm
Physical Therapy at Bone & Joint Center
Upstate Bone and Joint Center
Suite 201, 6620 Fly Road
East Syracuse, NY 13057
Map & direction
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: Mon. Wed. Fri. - 8am-4:30pm, Tues. Thurs. - 8am-6pm
Physical Therapy at Manlius
Manlius Health Center
Suite 200, 102 West Seneca Street
Manlius, NY 13104
Map & direction
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours: Mon. Wed. Fri. - 8am-4:30pm, Tues. Thurs. - 7:30am-6pm

Preoperative Session

Individuals undergoing a total joint replacement at University Hospital participate in a preoperative information session with a physical therapist. This session takes place on the same day as all other preoperative testing.

The therapist will provide information about the rehabilitation plan, as well as helpful hints to prepare for surgery. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions about the rehabilitation program. Written materials will also be provided at this session to outline the preoperative and postoperative plan of care.

Postoperative Rehabilitative Care

Postoperative rehabilitation begins on the afternoon of surgery or early the next morning. Therapy is scheduled at least twice a day during hospitalization. It is important to begin therapy very soon after surgery to minimize the risk of complications and maximize the function of the new joint.

  • Physical therapists will assess your mobility and work with the nurses to progress functional activity and begin an exercise program.
  • Occupational therapists will assess your ability to perform activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, and toileting, and issue any adaptive equipment needed.

The therapists will also work with you, your surgeon, and a case manager to make sure you have all necessary equipment and services at the time of discharge, based on your individual progress in therapy. Most patients are in the hospital for 3-5 days after surgery, before continuing therapy at home or in an inpatient rehabilitation center.

Outpatient Physical Therapy

Outpatient physical therapy offers a continuation of rehabilitation with individualized exercise programs for increasing strength, range of motion, and mobility. The goal of outpatient therapy is to maximize the function of the new joint, and return to or beyond your previous functional level.

Please call to schedule an outpatient physical therapy evaluation a few days before you are discharged from home physical therapy services.

A physician's referral is required for examination and treatment within this program.

Providers

Matthew L Bowman, PT, DPT
Matthew L Bowman, PT, DPT
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2011, Physical Therapy
  • PT: Ithaca College, 2001, Physical Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Ankle Sprain; Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury; Arthritis; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD ); Cystic Fibrosis (CF); Knee Cartilage Tear; more

Clinical Interests

  • Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Orthopedics

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Todd M Charland, PT, DPT
Todd M Charland, PT, DPT
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2006

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Aquatic Therapy, Rehab Service; Orthopedic Physical Therapy; Sports Injury Rehabilitation


Carter W Peck, PT, DPT
Carter W Peck, PT, DPT
315 464-8668

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Balance and Fall Prevention, Rehab Service; Orthopaedic (Musculoskeletal) Rehabilitation; Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Tara L Price Palmer, BS in Occupation Therapy Science
Tara L Price Palmer, BS in Occupation Therapy Science
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • BS: Utica College, 1996, Occupational Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Brain Injury Specialist; Occupational Therapy

Christopher D Ross, PT
Christopher D Ross, PT
315 475-1433

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Orthopedic Physical Therapy; Spine Pain Treatment; Sports Injury Rehabilitation; Total Joint Replacement, Rehab Service

Kerry E Walsh, PT, DPT
Kerry E Walsh, PT, DPT
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2008

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Geriatric Physical Therapy; Geriatrics

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)