Orthopedic Education & Therapy

An outstanding program of pre-operative resources, including education and therapy, helps to ensure that joint replacement patients at Adventist Health Glendale (AHGL) have the best experience possible before surgery, immediately afterward and during their recovery period at home.

Joint Replacement Pre-Operative Class

Educational sessions give patients important information about what will happen during their hospital stay and also help them prepare for the post-surgical recovery period. The sessions are lead by members of AHGL's nursing and physical therapy staff, who are glad to answer questions and explain the process in-depth. Group session topics include:

  • ​The pre-admission process
  • What to expect during the medical center stay
  • Exercise, activity and self-care
  • Equipment used during hospitalization and at home
  • Planning a safe return home

Sessions are held Mondays at 3PM.

Physical Therapy

​For most patients who are scheduled for major orthopedic surgery—such as joint replacement—pre-operative therapy provides a head start on the rehabilitation process by stretching and strengthening the muscles around the joint.

Patients who can benefit from pre-operative therapy receive a prescription from their doctor for one-on-one sessions with a physical therapist from the AHGL Therapy & Wellness Center.

For some patients, pre-operative therapy includes treatment in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation's indoor therapeutic pool.

Patients who can benefit from pre-operative education or therapy are encouraged to call (818) 409-8235 to reserve a space.