Physical & Occupational Therapy
After Joint Surgery
While you’re in the hospital, you’ll begin a schedule of therapy and exercise that will help you get used to your new joint and regain optimum mobility and function. Once in the morning and once in the afternoon, our physical therapists will come to your room to help you walk down to the Joint Gym or transport you in a comfortable rolling recliner chair to the gym.
In addition to exercises that will help you regain flexibility, range of motion and independence, your therapy will include instruction on how to safely climb stairs and negotiate curbs with your walker or cane. Our occupational therapists can also show you the best way to approach activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing and cooking until your surgical site is completely healed.
We'll also prescribe a program of joint mobility exercises to keep you on the road to recovery when you get home.
Physical Therapy Program Supervisor
Dedicated to therapeutic excellence, Julia Kreutz has been a part of the DeKalb Medical family since 1988 and has more than 30 years of experience in hands-on physical therapy and healthcare management. As the supervisor of the physical therapy program at the Joint Solutions Center, Kreutz will oversee your physical therapy treatment to ensure you attain maximum mobility and optimum use of your new hip or knee.
A former cross country team and synchronized swim competitive athlete, Kreutz has devoted her life’s work to the study of the mind-body connection and its influence on pain and performance. Earning her degree in physical therapy from Emory University, Kreutz also holds an undergraduate degree in Biology and Human Development from Colby College in Waterville Maine.
Kreutz has been instrumental in the development of training programs for physical therapists at intensive care and multi-trauma centers. She has expertise in the delivery of care in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, outpatient programs and sub-acute and acute care environments.