Major surgery can cause weakness, immobility, possibly pain, and even depression. Most patients desire a complete and rapid recovery post surgery so they can return back to the activities and sports they love. More and more, both doctors and patients are understanding how physical therapy is an essential component of a healthy and successful outcome post-surgery.
A Study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) demonstrated a lack of movement after surgery causes loss of function, muscle weakness, and increased postoperative complications. When patients remain immobilized and on bed rest, they tend to lose muscle strength and heart & lung capacity due to a lack of physical activity. Many recognize the best solution to avert this problematic outcome is a carefully planned and supervised physical therapy program for those recovering from surgery.
Physical therapy is helpful in regaining mobility, recovering faster, and increases the certainty that any replacements or repairs made during the surgery heal properly. Physical therapy can also be an effective option for managing pain and eliminating the need for any pain relieving opioid medications.
Post Operative Physical Therapy Improves Recovery Following Many Procedures:
ACL & Meniscus Repair: Following repair to the ACL knee ligament along with tears to the meniscal cartilage (which can be independent of each other), physical therapy is required. The reduction of swelling and restoration of range of motion is one of the primary early objectives in recovery from ACL surgery. Generally without the guidance of a physical therapist, the knee is kept in one position following surgery. However leaving the knee kept in a fixed position risks the development of increased scar tissue and mobility related issues, making long-term recovery more difficult. Hence physical therapy focuses on restoring range of motion reducing edema and ultimately promoting a seamless recovery. While tenderness, stiffness, pain and weakness are common post surgery, you may be able to bear some weight on your repaired knee with the assistance of crutches and a brace following surgery. The objective of exercises during the first month of therapy is a return to your range of motion in the joint and muscle control in your leg, along with ensuring the patella does not lose mobility, sustain flexibility and strength in the hip and ankle, and regain your stability.
Back Surgery: Participating in physical therapy post-surgery will enable you to perform tailored stabilization exercises, increase flexibility of the muscles and tissues surrounding your spine, and practice loading techniques to safely increase the resiliency of the recovering structures. We look at full body movement with walking, running, fundamental and sports specific movement patterns to determine improper patterns at each joint. For instance, you may have a tight ankle joint that is causing your hip to perform a compensatory movement that is putting your lower back in a compromising position with a task such as squatting. Physical therapy will ‘course correct’ this and any other abnormal movement threatening your rapid recovery from your specific back surgery.
Rotator Cuff Surgery: A Study by Gallagher et al 2015 looked to determine if there are differences between early and delayed physical therapy rehabilitation after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair in terms of clinical outcomes and healing. The Study concluded reporting significantly increased functional scores within the first 3-6 months with early passive range of motion physical therapy rehabilitation compared to the delayed group. After a rotator cuff repair, physical therapy may be necessary to help improve the range of motion and strength of your shoulder. You can expect to work with your PT for eight to twelve weeks (maybe longer depending on your goals) after a rotator cuff repair.
Shoulder Surgery: Patients undergoing shoulder surgery commonly receive physical therapy prior (pre-habilitation), and after surgery (post habilitation). Pre-hab generally starts 6-weeks before surgery with exercises intended to keep the shoulder strong and flexible yet supple, while also ensuring that further damage is not sustained. After surgery, physical therapy is designed to achieve these goals:
Hip Labral Repair : Physical therapy prior to hip surgery commonly accelerates speed of recovery. After surgery, physical therapy is initiated within the first few days of the procedure. Your therapist will work with you to understand what you can and can not do. They will also provide the appropriate level of movement/exercise throughout the course of your rehab. Physical therapy after hip labral repair surgery will help in:
Other Surgical Procedures that we commonly see at Perfect Stride:
Some of the most common types of physical therapy techniques post surgery include:
Post Surgical Rehabilitation Benefits
Your course of rehab after surgery will vary depending on the surgical procedure you had performed, your response to the surgery and your rehabilitation. However, your Physical Therapist at Perfect Stride will be working alongside you each step of the way. They will progress you accordingly and get you back to performing at your be
We treat a wide range of injuries and conditions. However, one things remains common, we are committed to listening to you, optimizing your function and seeking the best outcome possible for you, the individual. Each patient is provided a specific diagnosis and a individualized treatment program.
We offer a lot more than just Physical Therapy here at Perfect Stride. Our therapists hold numerous advanced certifications and are industry leaders who have been reshaping how Physical Therapy and Movement Intervention is provided. Our team of Performance Physical Therapists not only understand injury inside out, they understand movement and know how to get you back into the game.
Your Physical Therapy experience will be tailored to facilitate an efficient and healthy recovery. Every patient’s treatment plan is structured and designed based on the root cause of their problem; there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Our therapists hold numerous advanced certifications and are industry leaders who have been reshaping how Physical Therapy is provided. Treatment at Perfect Stride is always unique to the individual, click on the topic below to learn more.
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