In-Home Joint Replacement Therapy is a Hole-In-One for Rumson Man

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In-Home Joint Replacement Therapy is a Hole-In-One for Rumson Man

 

This article originally appeared in VNA's House Calls Newsletter. You can download it here.

 

After approximately 20 years of knee pain that gradually worsened, Leonard Kuminski, 53, of Rumson is looking forward to getting back on the golf course with a new kind of swing in his step, thanks to total knee replacement surgery followed by specialized joint replacement physical therapy provided in the comfort of his own home.

 

Kuminski’s surgery was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, who then arranged for us to provide rehabilitative physical therapy in his New Jersey home. A VNA of Central Jersey nurse saw him within 24 hours of being released from the hospital, and after a full medical assessment, therapist Chris Cecere, PT was dispatched to oversee Kuminski’s journey to full recovery.

 

“I didn’t have the ability to drive, so having them come in [to my home] was much easier,” Kuminski recalled. “I didn’t have to logistically get from point A to point B, and that takes up energy; energy that I would rather use on physical therapy than on getting to and from physical therapy.”

 

Kuminski received physical therapy in his home four times a week over a period of two weeks.

 

“When I started I could hardly get up off the couch and now I’m walking around and ready to go. I think being home one-on-one with a physical therapist is a much better transition than going to a facility for physical therapy because it acclimates you as to what you can do when you are home, for instance, how to get up and down your stairs,” Kuminski explained. “I think you get a better one-on-one with your therapist because there is no one else around, so it’s just you and your physical therapist; you get your work done on a personal level.”

 

“My quality of life has gone up tremendously since the surgery and it has only begun,” Kuminski said. “I feel like I got kind of a new lease on life with regard to the activities that I can do moving forward. Kuminski, who used to enjoy going to the gym before his knee problems began, said he is looking forward to returning to outdoor activities such as hiking and golfing.

 

“I thought in-home physical therapy, in general, was weird when I heard about it,” Kuminski expressed. “But once I did it I can now understand why [the doctors recommended it] and I can understand why it helps. I think it is a great concept. By all means, I would recommend the VNA.”

 

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