Lots of orthopedic providers claim they can get you back to daily activities. But there’s a difference between being able to perform an activity and being able to perform it the way you did before injury.

That’s why Stevens Point Orthopedics has teamed up with D1 Training-Stevens Point and Sweet Spot Nutrition to create Bridge – a program that aims to guide you back to your pre-injury movement and activity.

With Bridge, we work together, with a focus on your return to movement. Your SPO team—your surgeon, physician assistant, physical therapist and others—work with your D1 team of coaches to create a custom program designed to get you back to the activities you love.

Bridge is more than physical therapy. It’s exercises, diet, and ongoing care working in coordination to bring you back, safely and effectively.

Here’s how the different pieces of the Bridge program work together.

SPO

Having a joint replaced is no small task. The medical team at SPO recognizes this, and created the Bridge program to help guide you along your pre- and post-surgery journey.

Staying active prior to joint replacement surgery is vital. Muscles become weak and deconditioned when they’re not used.

Regular activity before surgery has been shown to decrease pain and improve strength. If you haven’t been exercising regularly, start with 10 minutes and slowly increase. This will help your recovery after surgery.

For examples of pre-surgery joint strengthening exercises, access our handouts here.

While having a joint replacement will fix the joint, it’s important to strengthen your muscles to support the new joint. While we don’t advise high-impact activity such as running after a joint replacement, low-impact activities like walking, hiking, swimming, and biking are great.

Many people report an increase in quality of life when being physically active. The hardest part often isn’t the activity itself, but the commitment. Recruit a family member or friend to provide encouragement and participate with you.

A little progress every day adds up to big results – and it all starts by taking a step in the right direction.

D1 Training-Stevens Point

The coaches and staff at D1 can help you return to healthy movement, return to sport and live a healthier lifestyle – and will be with you through the whole process.

If you need help getting stronger, losing weight, or improving your diet before surgery, we’ll be there. After surgery and physical therapy, we’ll collaborate with your surgeon or physical therapist at SPO on the best plan to get you back to healthy movement.

We provide a community, accountability, a proven process to keep you moving after you recover – and people dedicated to helping you.

William, for instance, a Certified Athletic Trainer and head coach at D1, brings 10 years of experience in human fitness, performance, and strength and conditioning to the Bridge program.

With his extensive pre- and post-surgery knowledge, William can help individuals of all ages with injuries of the shoulder, spine, knee, ankle, foot, and elbow.

William believes in bringing the knowledge and practice of sports medicine at the college and professional level to the general population. He’s passionate about helping people understand their bodies, successfully recover from an injury, and better pursue their goals.

Sweet Spot Nutrition

Kali Clark owns and operates Sweet Spot Nutrition in Plover – and also works as a coach at D1 Training-Stevens Point.

Kali has been working in health and wellness for more than a decade. Her goal is to use nutrition to enhance healing and promote wellness for SPO patients before and after surgery.

This is where nutrition fits into the Bridge Program. By making small, manageable changes you can have better health and faster healing through nutrition. Contact Kali to learn more!

Here’s a recipe Kali loves to hand out to clients. It gives you the comforting feeling of a warm breakfast casserole with a healthy twist. Kali believes it’s important to take in vegetables at every meal – and breakfast is no exception. Try this Veggie Tot Casserole for a veggie-filled morning!