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Senior BicyclingNo doubt about it - pain in your back or your joints can bring your active, energetic life to a grinding halt. At Community Hospital, we provide comprehensive care for joint and back pain. From assessing and diagnosing your condition, to helping you understand your options to helping you improve your quality of life and reduce your pain to performing state-of-the-art surgery if it becomes necessary (and helping you fully recover), we provide care with compassion, and we do it with the latest technology. We will do everything in our power to help you live pain-free and as actively as you wish.

Physical therapy

Depending on the condition of your joints or your spine, physical therapy can often resolve joint or back pain. We'll take a comprehensive look at your physical condition and your goals, and try to avoid surgery when possible. If surgery is needed, though, our physical therapists will help you each step of the way. Learn more about our physical therapy specialties.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy is often abbreviated as "OT".  Typically, the occupational therapist will review and teach you how to become independent at home with your new joint and how to get back to meaningful and purposeful activity. An OT may visit you the first or second day after surgery if you have a need for it.

Joint replacement surgery

Community Hospital's experienced team of orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and physical therapists is committed to keeping you healthy and active. Each year we replace more than 500 hips and other joints, reducing pain and giving you greater freedom of movement and, often, providing life-altering results. Learn more about joint replacement surgery.

Spine care

Our multidisciplinary approach can help pinpoint the precise reason for your pain. If it is determined that surgery is needed, you can rest assured we have an exceptional team of surgeons, including the only spine fellowship-trained physiatrist in Monterey County.

Community Hospital offers outpatient physical and occupational therapies, pain management, and the latest surgical procedures, ranging from the least invasive to some of the most complex.

We also offer kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive outpatient procedure to repair spinal compression fractures caused by osteoporosis.

A healing environment

Joint replacement can require up to a week of recovery time in the hospital. During your stay, you will enjoy a private room with a view, either of our healing garden or the hospital's natural forest surroundings. Each of our patient rooms is equipped with a comfortable daybed so a loved one can stay with you during your recovery.


If additional inpatient rehabilitation is needed, the team of physical therapists and occupational therapists at Westland House can provide short-term inpatient care. After you leave the hospital or Westland House, we will continue to work with you to rebuild strength and mobility in your back or joints through outpatient physical therapy.

Do you think you need joint replacement surgery?

Talk to your doctor or call 888-45CHOMP for a referral to an orthopedic specialist.

Are you getting joint replacement surgery?

Attend our FREE Total joint replacement class. This class explains in detail what a patient can expect before, during, and after joint replacement surgery.