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Mobility Program

Hip and knee replacement surgery – My physiotherapy

You have an important role in your recovery after your total joint replacement. You will see a physiotherapist at the hospital after your surgery to teach you exercises and how to move. It is important that you do the exercises given to you by your care team and walk every day. Remaining active is an important part of getting better after your joint replacement surgery.

Hip replacement surgery

You should not need outpatient physiotherapy after your total hip replacement. Your surgeon or physiotherapist will decide if you need physiotherapy after your hip replacement surgery. If you need physiotherapy, you will be given a referral before you are discharged from the hospital or at your follow-up appointment.

Knee replacement surgery

If you had knee replacement surgery, your first outpatient physiotherapy appointment should be within one week of your surgery. You and the physiotherapist will set goals and will decide how many times you need to go to physiotherapy. You may attend individual or group therapy sessions.

Physiotherapy is offered at both hospitals and clinics in the community.  Your care team will talk to you about which option is best for you and your recovery.

You need to book your outpatient physiotherapy before your surgery date.

  • If you choose to receive your physiotherapy at one of our Unity Health Toronto outpatient clinics, your care team will work with you to pre-book your physiotherapy appointment before your surgery date.
  • If you choose to receive your physiotherapy at a hospital outpatient clinic outside of the Unity Health Toronto network, your care team will work with you to pre-book your physiotherapy appointment before your surgery date. 
  • If you choose to receive your physiotherapy at a clinic in the community, you can choose the option that is best for you from a list of available physiotherapy clinics (see map below).

Finding outpatient physiotherapy

A member of your care team will help you pick a location for your outpatient physiotherapy appointment. This will happen at your pre-admission appointment. The team will talk to you about your options:

  1. Unity Health Toronto outpatient clinics

If you had knee or hip replacement surgery at St. Joseph’s Health Centre or St. Michael’s Hospital, you can receive physiotherapy at one of Unity Health Toronto’s outpatient clinics:

Providence Healthcare
3276 St. Clair Ave East, Toronto
(Near Warden Subway Station at Warden Ave. and St. Clair Ave. East; lots of parking)
Providence’s admission hotline: 416-285-3744
Website: www.providence.on.ca

St. Joseph’s Health Centre
30 The Queensway, Toronto
(Parking is available)
Phone: 416-530-6058
Website: www.stjoestoronto.ca

These outpatient clinics are part of Unity Health Toronto. This means your progress can be followed by our care team. We will work together to give you a pre-booked physiotherapy appointment before your surgery date so you can plan ahead.

You are welcome to choose other hospital-based outpatient clinics if you prefer. Your care team can discuss other options, or you can refer to the map below. 

  1. Community and Hospital Physiotherapy Clinics

There are a number of clinics available in the community. You can search the map below for available clinics and hospitals near you.

Local maps

For your physiotherapist

The hip and knee bundled care program at Unity Health Toronto-SMH site is a model that provides a single payment for an episode of care across multiple settings and providers.

With bundled care:

  • Care is integrated to create seamless transitions and ease a patient’s move from hospital to home.
  • Providers are accountable for quality outcomes.

Provider package for total hip arthroplasty [link to PDF]
Provider package for total knee arthroplasty [link to PDF]

When submitting your packages to St. Michael’s Hospital, please include the completed invoice, patient discharge summary and a copy of the original referral so we can promptly process your payment.

If you are inquiring about the status of your invoice, please contact BundledCare@smh.ca.