Post-operative physiotherapy is vital to the healing process after surgery. The stretches and strengthening exercises involved can help regain control, balance, and range of motion; it also allows the medical professional to regularly monitor the affected area. Although it is common for athletes to experience injuries of bones or ligaments while playing sports, anyone can experience an accident that causes them to break or fracture a bone or dislocate a joint. Here’s what you need to know about how post-operative physiotherapy works and how we can help you heal.
Post-operative physiotherapy generally follows surgery for broken bones or ligaments on the hip, knee, shoulder, wrist, hand, neck, ankle, foot, and spine. It is designed to speed up recovery and increase mobility after the injury has partially healed. Physiotherapy can begin as soon as a few hours after surgery, to days or weeks after surgery. Sometimes surgery will require a period of immobilization before post-operative physiotherapy can begin. There are generally three stages of this kind of rehabilitation.
Immediately after surgery, the body goes through its basic healing process. During this time of immobility, the swelling will go down and the level of pain from surgery will subside. The second stage is physiotherapy after surgery. The physiotherapist will design a plan that involves several progressive exercises that will help the body regain its strength. These exercises aim to restore the patient’s range of motion and stability at the injury site. The five focus areas that a physiotherapist will work on during this stage include the following:
Finally, in time, the patient will begin to perform as normal, hopefully at the pre-injury level of physical activity. The ultimate goal of post-operative physiotherapy is to get the patient the best healing so they can go back to living pain free.
Post-operative physiotherapy is extremely important after surgery. Surgery can make the joints stiffen and muscles can waste from disuse, immobilization, pain, and swelling in the area. It is essential to increase stability and strength after surgery to allow the patient to achieve a full recovery.
At MedRehab Group, we will work with you to treat your chronic pain, health conditions, and help you heal after surgery. The time after surgery is delicate and can determine how well you recover. We are dedicated to ensuring you get the best care and attention from our physiotherapists.
We serve clients in Brampton, Georgetown, Hamilton, Toronto, Richmond Hill, Maple, Vaughan, Woodbridge, and Pickering. Contact us at 1-888-409-4058 to book your first physiotherapy consultation and treatment today.
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