Post Surgical Rehabilitation
Everything You Need to Know About Post Surgical Rehabilitation
Hip replacement and knee replacement surgeries are some of the most commonly performed orthopedic procedures in the United States, along with arthroscopy to repair injuries within the wrist, elbow, shoulder, or hand.
At Oklahoma Hand and Physical Therapy, we specialize in post surgical rehabilitation of all of the above.
When orthopedic surgery is necessary to treat your injury or condition, physical therapy is a helpful and important component of your post surgical care. Oklahoma Hand and Physical Therapy is proud to offer comprehensive post surgical rehabilitation programs to help you build both strength and endurance following your surgical procedure.
What is Post Surgical Rehab?
After your operation, your orthopedic surgeon will recommend physical therapy to speed up your recovery and aid in a successful overall outcome. Individualized post-surgical rehab not only minimizes your pain and accelerates your rate of healing, it reduces the chances of post surgical complications.
Depending on your procedure, you may begin physical therapy within a few hours or a few days following surgery. Some surgical procedures require immobilization for a time period, to allow pain and swelling to reduce before beginning rehab.
At Oklahoma Hand and Physical Therapy, we give you a customized treatment plan that includes exercises, hands-on techniques, and effective modalities to help your body heal properly. Healing properly includes minimizing scar tissue, reestablishing joint motion and function, and retraining your muscles. Post surgical rehab will also help to improve your balance, strength, functionality, and mobility (as well as reduce your pain!).
Some of the therapies we use include [THIS MAY NEED TO BE EDITED TO BEST SUIT THE CLIENT]
- Manual therapy
- Joint mobilization
- Muscle energy techniques
- Balance and gait training
- Therapeutic exercise
We can also help you learn how to correctly use any durable medical equipment (DME) your surgeon recommends you use, be it crutches, canes, or walkers.
Why Do I Need Post Surgical Rehab?
At Oklahoma Hand and Physical Therapy, your therapist works with you to establish goals for recovery and get you back to your daily activities. This is the ultimate goal of post surgical rehab, and physical therapy as a whole.
Knee and hip surgeries especially require post surgical physical therapy in order to regain mobility for normal daily activities like walking as well as more physically challenging activities like running a marathon.
Research shows that patients who actively participate in their own recovery process tend to have better results and recovery experiences than patients who don’t. Our physical therapists help you know which methods and modalities work best for you specifically, and teach you how to maintain (or even improve) your health following your surgery.
Additional benefits to post surgical rehabilitation include: [MAY NEED TO EDIT TO BEST SUIT THE CLIENT]
- Assist in healthy circulation after surgery, preventing the formation of blood clots.
- Improves posture, balance, and coordination.
- Improves flexibility.
- Helps to control pain.
- Reduces risk of post surgical pulmonary complications (PCCs).
It is important to remember that appropriate rehabilitation and recovery time will look different from person to person. This time period may last from a few weeks to a year to complete. It is important to speak with your doctor and physical therapist before surgery, to know what to expect regarding recovery time.
Knowing what to expect helps you mentally and physically prepare for your recovery. And remember, post surgical rehabilitation is always worth the time it takes, because it helps you improve your overall health in both the short and long term.
Utilizing one on one patient centered care, manual therapy, and a wide range of modalities, our therapists help you achieve progress and results as quickly as possible. We have assisted many people in their post surgical recovery, and we would love to help you, too! Call us to schedule your appointment today!