If you’ve worried about bouncing back from surgery, our highly skilled and experienced team of physical therapy clinicians can guide you through the process so that you can maximize your outcomes.
Post-surgical rehab is essential to successful patient outcomes. Any type of surgery is a form of trauma and can affect the body differently. Even minor and uncomplicated surgical procedures can have a major impact on your physical health.
Individualized post-surgical rehab with a physical therapist not only minimizes your pain, but it also accelerates your rate of healing and return to sport or work. It also reduces the chances of post-operative complications including infections, bleeding, blood clots, muscle weakness, scar tissue formation, decreased physical function, and other factors which can negatively impact your long-term health. The impact of these surgeries should not be understated.
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Common reasons for physical therapy following surgery
When conservative treatment options for an injury or health condition fails to provide effective relief, many patients elect to undergo surgery for rotator cuff tears and other types of injury, including:
- Full or partial knee replacements
- Total hip replacements
- ACL, MCL, and/or meniscus repairs
- Heart surgery
The impact of these surgeries should not be understated. Most surgeries incur at least some degree pain, inflammation, mobility limitations, and swelling. To complicate matters, you likely were already experiencing pain and dysfunction prior to your operation!
Plus, you’ll likely have to learn how to do certain things some things all over again (even things as simple as walking and dressing), either to accommodate healing tissues and/or to avoid recurring dysfunction. Your physical therapist can teach you how to perform tasks safely while following critical post-operative guidelines which are often outlined by your surgeon.
How physical therapy helps after surgery
No matter what your particular surgery may be, you can rely on our team to get you moving again. We’re here to help you make sense of confusing medical terms and learn the right progressions of exercises and activities to maximize your recovery.
Instead of masking pain, physical therapy helps you resolve your pain and other impairments. We do this through techniques such as joint mobilizations, home exercise programs, and non-invasive modalities including therapeutic ultrasound, and electrical stimulation.
Depending on your post-operative environment, a physical therapist can also help you problem solve how to safely get into your car, go up and down stairs, get in and out of bed, and so on while protecting your healing surgical site and keeping you safe. Our physical therapists can give you adaptive tools to compensate for reduced movement while at the same time working with your body to restore normal range of motion as quickly as possible.
Of course, our team can also educate you about lifestyle and nutritional techniques to optimize your healing and health in the long-term. That way, you’ll be far more likely to avoid re-injury, recurrent surgeries, and prolonged downtime.
Feeling anxious about an upcoming surgery? Contact us, and get peace of mind for your healing.
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