Post-surgical rehabilitation can be a long process. Physical therapy is an important part of the rehabilitation process because physical therapists are trained to identify limitations of the body, and are knowledgeable about surgical procedures and treatment goals for patients. The core of post-surgical rehabilitation is doing the correct exercises and the right amount of exercises at the correct time.
Post-surgical rehabilitation from a physical therapist offers the following long-term benefits:
- Promotion of healing
- Restore normal movement to the joint
- Build up strength
- Decrease pain and edema
- Guide an individual back to normal activities
- Increase circulation post surrey to prevent blood clots
- Reduce scar tissue
- Overall faster recovery
It is important to remember surgeons diagnose and fix injuries and physical therapists improve the way you feel and function after surgery. Therapy is usually divided into separate stages. Physical therapists understand the different stages of healing and know how to develop a treatment plan that speeds up recovery and helps patients return to their normal lifestyle.
The first phase begins immediately after surgery when the body part may be immobilized so pain and swelling start to reduce. Physical therapy can assist in controlling edema and pain as the body begins to heal after an operation.
Next comes a series of exercises to improve range of motion, stability, and function and reduce scar tissue. Physical therapists develop specific exercise plans for each patient. Treatment may also include passive treatments, such as manual therapy or modalities to optimize healing and a speedier recovery.
The last phase is to return patients to their previous level of function with daily, work and recreational activities.
Physical therapy after surgery can put one on a faster track to recover. Why let recovery take longer? Take advantage of physical therapy services if you’ve had surgery. Contact any of the Makovicka Physical Therapy clinics to schedule a Complimentary Consultation to answer questions or concerns that you may have. We are here to help!
Angie Evans, PT