After her first knee replacement two years ago, Donna Daub, 71, of North Adams, was more active than she had ever been. She enjoyed walking, going to the gym, and; most important, she was able to enjoy quality, fun times with her grandchildren. The pain in her right knee had become unbearable, because there was no cartilage led and cortisone injections were simply not working. She needed a second knee replacement.
Her orthopedic specialist, Kevin Mitts, MD, of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates, conducted a successful procedure at Berkshire Medical Center. Donna would need extensive rehabilitative support to heal and regain her strength. After three days in the hospital, she was transferred to Mount Carmel Care Center for physical and occupational therapy.
Four weeks later, she was ready to go home. She would need continued rehabilitative support and knew Porchlight would provide that exceptional care.
Porchlight’s Interdisciplinary Services
Porchlight’s experienced Physical Therapists (PTs) and Registered Nurses (RNs) developed a plan for Donna to regain her strength and full independence in her home.
• PTs massaged Donna’s knee area to reduce swelling, re-establish sensation, address scar tissue, and improve mobility.
• PTs worked to improve range of motion in her knee by flexing the knee while sitting and while laying down.
• Therapists worked with Donna on safely transferring, standing, and walking with progressively less assistance.
• Donna progressed with her strength and mobility: from ambulating with the use of a walker and then to a cane, and; finally, without any assistance.
Outcome: In spite of the challenges that come a0er a knee replacement, Donna was determined to regain her independence as quickly as possible. With the support of Porchlight, she readapted to independent-living at home. She is moving beLer than ever, walking more, and enjoying more actvities pain-free.
In Her Own Words: “I have a new lease on life and no one’s going to stop me now! Porchlight is awesome! They are right at the top of their game.”