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The Importance of Post-Surgery Physical Therapy

Getting surgery is a major occurrence no matter how minor it may be considered and sometimes it’s easy to forget the aftercare of surgery, including physical therapy. Physical Therapy can be a vital step in your recovery process, and your ability to heal. Nearly 22 million total surgeries take place each year in the United States and a majority of patients are referred to physical therapists post surgery, and for good reason.

Post surgery, your bones, muscles and soft tissues undergo a healing. Not properly using joints and muscles may cause it to heal improperly, limiting range of motion, flexibility, function of the joint and surgical outcome. This makes it essential to complete physical therapy after a surgery if directed by your surgeon. If that wasn’t reason enough, here are some other things to consider.

  • Regain strength and mobility after an injury or surgery

  • Enhanced Mobility. Surgery can temporarily restrict your range of motion

  • Improved Blood Circulation

  • Pain Reduction or Elimination

  • Improved Muscle Function

  • Improved Balance

  • Strengthened Core

  • Lowers the Risk of Post-Surgical Complications, Including Infections.

  • Provides Clear Vision of Post-Surgical Milestones

Every person has different needs and reasons for seeking physical therapy, and will receive a tailored program with a treatment plan, goals, and follow up care. After your initial appointment, your treatment may include:

  • Initial examination

  • Ultrasound

  • Stretching

  • Strengthening Exercises

  • Walking and Low-Impact Cardio

  • Electrical Stimulation

  • Heat and Ice Application

  • Education and Advice in Self-Management

  • Instruction for Ongoing Home Exercise Program

  • Manual Joint and Soft Tissue Mobilization

Recovering from surgery is a process and physical therapy is an essential tool when it comes to healing properly so you can live your life to the fullest. At Advanced Physical Medicine, our experienced physicians and skilled physical therapists will work together to tailor a post-surgical treatment plan so you can reach your health goals and heal as quickly and safely as possible. Visit us online today, or call us to schedule an appointment.

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