Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

If your surgery date is getting closer and closer, then it may be the only thing on your mind, but aside from the surgery itself, it’s important to be prepared for the post-surgical rehabilitation required to ensure a quick and pain free recovery. 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. Both of which are two things our physical therapists can help you with.

What is post-surgical rehabilitation?

Post-surgical rehabilitation is the amount of time an individual spends after a surgical operation recovering. The amount of time and how that time is spent after surgery is dependent upon the severity of the injury and the nature of the surgery. After surgery, rest is typically recommended to allow the area time to heal; however, once the area has been given an ample amount of time to heal it is vital that the area is then strengthened to prevent re-injury.

Operations that physical therapy is typically recommended as a follow up

  • Stem cell
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Total joint replacements (shoulder, hip, knee)
  • Ligament tears (shoulder dislocation/separation, elbow, and 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)
  • Temporomandibular joint debridement
  • And more!


Quality rehabilitation speeds recovery

Operations such as joint replacements and spinal surgeries can result in stiffness, range of motion limitations, pain and swelling. Because of this, many people struggle to return to their daily activities after surgery. Our experienced physical therapists can help reduce post-surgical symptoms by helping improve blood flow, tissue healing and muscle contractions. Through the utilization of special equipment, exercises, and modalities (electrical stimulation, ultrasound, laser, etc.) our physical therapists will be able to help you Get Better, Faster.

Once your pain and swelling are under control, physical therapy can begin to address the challenges of your specific surgery. Our physical therapists will 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.

Our physical therapists will work with you to rebuild your strength and endurance, while also working to get you back to your daily chores, work, recreational activities and competitive sports.

Physical therapy is recommended both before and after surgery

If surgery is indicated and you want to plan ahead and set yourself up for a speedy recovery, then coming in for physical therapy before your surgery will provide you with the knowledge, confidence and comfort needed to properly execute the recommended post-surgical exercises. In some cases, coming in for physical therapy before surgery can even prevent the need for surgery altogether. Coming in for physical therapy before surgery gives patients the opportunity to reduce their pain levels and improve their mobility while awaiting their surgery date.

After surgery, physical therapy helps promote proper healing. Physical therapy techniques such as joint and soft tissue mobilization, ultrasound, taping, and/or electrical stimulation can help relieve pain and restore function to the muscles/joints after surgery. Our physical therapists will guide you through the proper exercises so that the chances of your pre-surgery pain returning are significantly lower. Your care does not stop once you leave our clinic, our physical therapists will provide you with an individualized plan of care based on your condition so that you can continue to strength your muscles and increase your mobility at home.
Benefits of coming in for physical therapy after surgery

  • Decrease scar tissue
  • Shorten recovery time
  • Increase mobility/balance/posture/coordination
  • Increase function
  • Restore movement/flexibility
  • Regain strength
  • Reduce pain
  • Increase circulation

Benefits of coming in for physical therapy before surgery

  • Increase the chances of a positive surgical result
  • Shorten hospital stay
  • Mentally prepare for surgery
  • Avoid surgical side effects such as infections
  • Avoid surgery

If you think you may need surgery or you have already had surgery and your doctor is recommending a rehabilitation program, call our office to get the help and results you deserve.