post surgical

Post-Surgical Rehab

Physical therapy following a surgery is a critical component of recovery and return to function. While surgery can be done within a few hours, rehabilitation may take many months – sometimes up to a year. While the actual timeframe for recovery depends on many factors, it is important that you are totally committed to the process.

After surgery, you will need physical therapy in order to get your strength back. Your physical therapist will first work on your immediate wound care and will often be the person to remove your sutures, build a splint, and begin to work to reduce your scar tissue. Your therapist will also help you to regain your range of motion, which is often severely limited after surgery. As your rehab progresses, your therapist will help you to strengthen the tissues surrounding the surgical site, with the ultimate goal of getting you back to full function.

The goals of post-surgical physical therapy include:

  • Reduce Pain
  • Strengthen Muscles
  • Regain Range of Motion
  • Learn to Accomplish Daily Activities
  • Return to Full Function

Your physical therapist will use a variety of hands-on techniques, known as manual therapy, to improve mobility in joints and soft tissues. Other therapeutic modalities may include ultrasound, laser, lymphatic drainage, dry needling, heat, ice, and TENS. Physical therapists are properly trained to perform these modalities for their patients.

If you are having surgery, be sure to get in touch with us to schedule your post-operative physical therapy. Our goal is to get you back to full function as soon as possible.