Osteoarthritis and Joint Replacement Program

Osteoarthritis and Joint Replacement Program 2018-12-05T10:28:19+00:00

Aim Exercise Physiology’s ‘Osteoarthritis and Joint Replacement Program’ is a specialised exercise and lifestyle program with the goal of delivering optimal, cost-effective, quality care to individuals who:

  • Suffer from painful osteoarthritis and need to improve joint health or daily function (g. Knee or Hip Osteoarthritis)
  • Are scheduled for arthroscopy, total hip replacement or knee replacement
  • Are on a waiting list for surgery
  • Require weight loss prior to surgery
  • Want to improve function before or after surgery
  • Require rehabilitation services not offered in hospital

Programs are run by our experienced team of Exercise Physiologists (EPs) and Physiotherapists (PTs) who have developed an evidence-based exercise rehabilitation program to suit your individual needs, taking into account osteoarthritis severity and rehabilitation stage. Performance progress and outcome measures are reported to specialists and General Practitioners (GPs) so they are kept up to date. Depending on individual needs and treatment plan, rehabilitation exercise can be performed at home, under supervision at either of our exercise studios, or a combination of both options .

If you require weight loss before surgery, we recommend that you view the ‘Weight Loss Services’ page on our website.

Attending our exercise studio for supervised group exercise will reinforce correct technique, improve motivation & allow optimal progression of exercise.

Initial EP assessment & treatment plan (60min – Cost $130)*

Assessment of symptoms, movement & functional limitations. A tailored treatment plan is developed in conjunction with the Physiotherapist. Pre-exercise screen is performed & initial home exercise prescribed.

 Initial PT assessment & treatment plan (40min -Cost $79.50)*

Assessment of symptoms, abilities & functional limitations. A tailored treatment plan is developed in conjunction with Exercise Physiologist. Initial home exercise is prescribed.

Home & studio program development (60min – Cost $130)*

Individualised home & studio based programs prescribed in accordance with your needs and stage of rehabilitation. This involves a combination of weight bearing, Pilates and gym equipment exercises. Depending on your personal circumstances, further appointments may be required.

 Supervised group exercise (12 x 60min – Cost $252) *

Attendance either twice per week for 6 weeks, or once weekly for 12 weeks. All classes are supervised by an EP or PT. You are monitored and guided in each class & progressions are made as you go. Review and re-assessment at 6-12 weeks.

Key features + benefits:

  1. Optimal results through access to specialised strength and conditioning equipment.
  2. Optimal progress through supervision, upgrades, encouragement, motivation and support.
  3. Optimal safety due to close supervision of exercise technique, program upgrading and recovery.
  4. Optimal program commitment and adherence.
  5. Fastest progress and results.
  6. PHI, Medicare + DVA funding / rebates*

If you are unable to attend our exercise studio, home exercise can be prescribed. More frequent review is required to reinforce correct technique & assist progress.

Initial EP assessment & treatment plan (60min – Cost $130)*

Assessment of symptoms, movement & functional limitations. A tailored treatment plan is developed in conjunction with PT. Pre-exercise screen is performed. Initial exercise prescribed.

 Initial PT assessment & treatment plan (40min – Cost $79.50)*

Assessment of symptoms, abilities & functional limitations. A tailored treatment plan is developed in conjunction with the Exercise Physiologist. Initial home exercise prescribed.

Home program development (60min – Cost $130)*

Depending on your phase of rehabilitation and needs, a tailored home program can be prescribed. You will receive a printout of your exercises with pictures and detailed descriptions to help exercise performance & technique when unsupervised. Equipment you have at home will be used where possible [e.g. weights, bikes, etc]. Review and re-assessment at 4-8 weeks. Depending on your personal circumstances, further appointments may be required.

Key features + benefits:

  1. Optimal convenience and lowest cost.
  2. Printed program with pictures and descriptions.
  3. Supervision and upgrading at regular clinic reviews.
  4. Safety and results reliant on unsupervised technique.
  5. Performance and progress monitored at clinic review.
  6. PHI, Medicare + DVA funding / rebates*
  • Any relevant paper work from your GP or specialist.
  • Relevant X-ray, Ultrasound or MRI reports.
  • Comfortable clothing, walking shoes and socks.
  • Any prescribed emergency medicine (e.g. Ventolin).
  • Reading glasses (if required).

Please note that most private health insurance funds cover Exercise Physiology and Physiotherapy services – check with your fund for specifics of your policy and the rebate you are entitled to. All of our studios have a HICAPS machine for on the spot rebate claiming.

Ask us about your eligibility for Dept. of Vet Affiars (DVA) or Medicare [EPC or Diabetes care plan] funding.

Doctors referrals

No doctor’s referral is required for private patients. A doctor’s referral is required for eligible services under Medicare’s EPC or Diabetes care plan, Dept. of Vet Affiars (DVA) or RTW-SA.