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Post-Surgical Rehab

Are you scheduled for an upcoming surgery and concerned about bouncing back from it well—or even hopeful that you’ll end up feeling stronger than before?

Our highly skilled and experienced team of physical therapy clinicians can guide you through the entire pre-surgical and post-surgical process so that you can maximize your outcomes and make the most out of any type of invasive procedure.

What Is Post-Surgical Rehab and What are the Benefits?

Both pre-and post-surgical rehab is essential elements to successful patient outcomes. Post-surgical rehab with a physical therapist is especially important in order to make sure the healing process goes smoothly after your operation is done.

This is because 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 health.

Another critical reason for electing post-surgical physical therapy is that it can help you reduce or completely avoid prescription pain killers, including opioids. An opioid epidemic is currently gripping the country and impacting every socioeconomic class.

The CDC advises people to choose physical therapy over prescription painkillers whenever possible.

Common Reasons for Surgery and Things to Consider in the Post-Surgical Phase

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 (e.g., ablations, stent placements, cardiac pacemakers, etc.)

These operations should not be understated. The majority of surgeries produce at least some degree of discomfort, inflammation, mobility restrictions, and edema. To add insult to injury, you were undoubtedly already suffering from pain and malfunction before your surgery!

In some cases, you'll have to learn how to do things all over again (even things as simple as walking and dressing) because of healing tissues or to prevent recurring disability. Your physical therapist may teach you how to accomplish tasks securely while following important post-operative guidelines (e.g. hip limitations, sternal restrictions, spinal restrictions, non-weight bearing), which are usually outlined by your surgeon.

How Physical Therapy Helps in Post-Surgical Rehab

No matter what your particular surgery may be, you can rely upon a physical therapist to get you moving again. Our physical therapy team is here to help you make sense of confusing medical terms and learn the right progressions of exercises and activities to maximize post-surgical recovery!

Instead of masking the pain, physical therapy helps you resolve and work through your pain and other impairments. We do this through techniques such as joint mobilizations, home exercise programs, and non-invasive modalities including therapeutic ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and cold laser therapy.

A physical therapist can also assist you in problem-solving how to safely get in and out of a vehicle, up and downstairs, in and out of bed, and so on while protecting your healing surgical site.

Adaptive tools can help you compensate for restricted movement while also cooperating with your body to return to the normal range of motion as rapidly as

Lastly, our physical therapy 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.