Joint Camp is a specially designed center within Carlisle Regional Medical Center devoted to helping patients achieve successful recovery after joint replacement surgery. Joint Camp is not your typical hospital experience! Read on to discover why Joint Camp is a great place to recover from knee or hip replacement surgery.
About Joint Camp
Joint Camp is an innovative program for the treatment and rehabilitation of total knee or hip replacements. The goal of joint replacement surgery is to relieve pain, restore independence, and return patients to active participation in daily activities. Joint Camp helps patients achieve this goal by emphasizing wellness and maximizing patients’ recovery efforts.
Before surgery and arriving at Joint Camp, “campers” are provided with thorough information about their surgery, Joint Camp, and recovery. Each camper receives a notebook to encourage communication about the process. The notebook is a guide that explains what to expect, what the camper will need to do to throughout the process, and how to take care of the new joint.
Joint Camp is designed to be a positive, encouraging experience. Campers enjoy private rooms in a designated area of the hospital. Joint Camp campers benefit from easy accessibility to their healthcare team and the camaraderie of other campers recovering from joint replacement surgery.
Joint Camp patients are scheduled for surgery on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. In most cases, campers leave Joint Camp no later than Friday of the same week with complete instructions on taking care of themselves and their new joints.
To help campers return to daily activities as soon as possible, patients get dressed in casual clothes the evening following their surgery or the day after. Each day, campers participate in individual therapy tailored to their specific needs, as well as group therapy where they can encourage fellow campers.
The Camper’s Role
Campers are active participants in the details of their care. The camper’s physician and the Joint Camp healthcare team answer pre- and post-operative questions and involve campers in the decision-making process. The physicians, nurses, nurse aides, and physical and occupational therapists plan and guide each camper through an individual treatment program.
Campers work hard and stay busy throughout the week. Campers are encouraged and motivated to take an active role in the recovery and rehabilitation process.
The enthusiastic Joint Camp healthcare team includes physicians, nurses, nurse aides, and physical and occupational therapists who have special expertise in working with joint replacement patients. The Joint Camp team encourages and inspires campers to do their very best and achieve the most progress they can. This experienced, compassionate team helps campers know what to expect during recovery and makes sure campers return to their daily routines in a healthy manner.
After Joint Camp
The Joint Camp experience doesn’t end when a camper is discharged. Joint Camp staff help coordinate the care campers receive when they leave camp. Campers can attend monthly lectures about knee and hip pain, and also receive newsletters containing the latest information on arthritis and caring for prosthetic joints. starting physical therapy exercises prior to surgery. I believe the development of Joint Camp has greatly improved the joint replacement experience and am proud that Carlisle Regional was the first to bring this concept to the region.
~ Michael Oplinger, MD, orthopedic surgeon with Appalachian Orthopedic Center, Ltd. in Carlisle
Joint Camp at Carlisle Regional Medical Center, 361 Alexander Spring Road, Carlisle, PA 17015