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Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

As your surgery nears, getting through the operation itself is probably all that’s on your mind. But once you’ve successfully cleared that hurdle, you may find that the real work is about to begin. No matter how much of a miracle worker your surgeon is, that skillful work can be undone without proper post-surgical rehabilitation.

The two main areas of concern for anyone after an operation are loss of strength and loss of mobility. Our physical therapists main focus is to listen to your needs and wants and working on specific limitations including areas of muscle weakness, joint stiffness, range of motion, reducing pain and swelling and meeting your goals. You are given the royal treatment with plenty of attention by each of our staff members. Everyone here work to get to know you as an individual, your name (i.e. Norm – on sitcom Cheers!) and your needs.  This comprehensive approach to physical therapy after an operation allows you to bounce back more quickly and get on with life.

 

Post-Operative Physical Therapy

Of course, not every post-surgical condition can be improved upon with physical therapy, but in many orthopedic cases, quality physical therapy from a group of experience professionals can surely speed up the recovery process. Here are a few operations for which physical therapy is usually recommended as a follow up:

  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Total Joint Replacements (Shoulder, Hip, Knee)
  • Ligament Tears (Shoulder Dislocation/Separation; Elbow – Tommy John; Knee – ACL, PCL, MCL, and LCL)
  • Arthroscopy Surgeries (Shoulder – Subacromial Decompression or Labral Repair; Knee – Meniscus Repair; Ankle Debridement)
  • Spinal Surgeries (Laminectomy, Diskectomy, Spinal Fusion)
  • Temopomandibular Joint Debridement

 

Quality Rehabilitation Speeds Recovery

Operations such as joint replacements and spinal surgeries can result stiffness, range of motion limitations, pain and swelling and problems with daily activities. Our experienced team can help reduce post-surgical symptoms to help improve blood flow, tissue healing and muscle recruitment with utilizing special equipment, modalities (electrical stimulation, ultrasound, laser, etc.) and their experience in teaching the right therapeutic exercises.

Once your pain and swelling are under control, physical therapy can begin to address the challenges of your specific surgery. They focus on the main restrictions that are causing barriers in your daily activities and work on specific goals that need to be met in a timely manner, based on normal physiological healing and recovery.

Of course, being laid up can affect your body in ways that extend beyond the area of surgery.  Your physical therapist will work with you to rebuild your strength and endurance, while also working to get you back to daily chores, work, recreational activities and competitive sports.

 

Don’t Wait for your Body to Breakdown – Prevention is the Key to Avoid Surgery

Whether you are just having mild symptoms or are worried about getting an injury, our therapists can assess you for areas of risk and teach you ways to prevent injuries and arthritis. If surgery is indicated and you are planning ahead and want to start strengthening before your surgery or you had surgery and your doctor is recommending a rehabilitation program, call our office to get the help and results you deserve . We’ll help you with insurance issues and discuss the whole process so you feel more comfortable. We treat you like family.

 

Sources

http://cartilage.org/patient/about-cartilage/cartilage-repair/what-is-postoperative-rehabilitation/

http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exercise/rehabilitation-and-exercise-following-spine-surgery

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/knee-replacement/basics/what-you-can-expect/prc-20019202