What is Post-Operative Physical Therapy?

Undergoing surgery takes a toll on your body both physically and mentally. While the goal of surgery is to improve one or more conditions to improve your quality of life, oftentimes, the journey to recovery doesn’t stop in the recovery room. The time spent right after the surgery is almost as important as the surgery itself, as incorrect healing can reverse any good the surgery has done.

Surgery can have a significant impact on your range of mobility and muscle strength, so depending on the surgery performed, physical therapy may be suggested or even required by your surgeon. For many people, entering into physical therapy after surgery can ensure a full and proper recovery and reduce the likeness for more surgery in the years to come.

Does my surgery qualify me for post-operative physical therapy?

While physical therapy is beneficial after almost any surgery, there are a few operations in particular where it’s more crucial. These include:

  • Back Surgeries
  • Joint Replacement
  • Meniscus Surgery
  • Muscle/Tendon Repair
  • Ligament Reconstruction
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Frequently Asked Questions About Post-Operative Physical Therapy

Depending on the surgery performed and your recovery goals, there are a number of different physical therapy techniques that are used post-operatively. Most commonly are typical physical therapy exercises like stretching and muscle strengthening but can also include other techniques like range of motion therapies, low-impact cardiovascular exercises, and ultrasound or electrical therapies.

It’s important to note that when it comes to post-op physical therapy, what you put into it is what you’ll get out of it! A lot of times patients fail to keep up with their exercises at home which can not only slow down your recovery process but leave you susceptible to new injuries down the road.

After surgery, the worst thing you can do for your body is to remain still. While it may be tempting to stay in bed and rest, moving around will not only help your muscles and joints but can increase your lung capacity and aid in a quicker recovery. In fact, a study performed by the National Institutes of Health showed that for older adults, in particular, a lack of movement post-surgery increased the chances of complications and caused more loss of function.

Aside from getting you back into the swing of things, post-operative physical therapy offers a number of benefits for your recovery and for your well-being moving forward:

  • Strengthened muscles
  • Increased range of mobility
  • Decreased pain
  • Increased blood flow
  • Better balance
  • Techniques and exercises to perform at home

Don’t wait until after your surgery to consider your physical therapy treatment plan. Finding a physical therapist you trust and having a plan before you enter the operating room will not only ease your mind but will ensure you’re ready to jump into physical therapy once your surgery is over and as soon as you’re capable of it.

How do I get started?

Questions about post-operative physical therapy care? Not sure where to get started or what kind of physical therapy is right for you? Contact us today, and our licensed physical therapist will guide you on your road to recovery.

About Us

PhysioHealth Physical Therapy was founded by Dr. Christopher Gomes, DPT, OCS, CSCS. Our clinic provides specialized care within a friendly and professional environment. At PhysioHealth you will receive one-on-one treatment that is evidence-based and personalized to meet your goals. You will always receive comprehensive education on your injury and recovery plan in order to maximize your knowledge and results.