Pre and Post-Operative Care

Injuries We Treat

Injuries We Treat

Pre and Post-Operative Care

The journey to recovery can take place even before surgery takes place. Both pre surgery and post surgery physical therapy significantly enhances the chances of a successful rehabilitation.

Post-operative physical therapy is typically essential following orthopedic surgeries, including those involving the hip, knee, shoulder, wrist, hand, neck, foot, ankle, and spine. Its primary purpose is to expedite recovery. The commencement of physical therapy can range from a few hours to several days post-surgery; in certain instances, a period of immobilization may initially be required.

While the advantages of comprehensive post-surgical rehabilitation programs are widely recognized, many individuals remain unaware of the benefits associated with pre-operative or “pre-habilitation” programs. These structured initiatives are tailored by your physical therapist to prepare you before surgery with the goal of optimizing postoperative outcomes.

Pre and Post-Operative Care

What is pre and post operative therapy?

Physical therapy that prepares a patient for surgery is called pre-surgical therapy, or prehabilitation. Therapy that occurs after surgery in order to help the patient recover is called post-surgical therapy, or rehab. Both of these approaches have recently become more widespread as medical professionals recognize the many benefits this type of PT can offer surgical patients.

Pre-Operative Therapy

A successful post-operative recovery often begins with pre-surgery therapy. While the advantages of post-operative physical therapy are widely known, the benefits of structured pre-surgery therapy on recovery remain underappreciated by many. Our objective is to ensure an optimal post-operative outcome by preparing you to achieve your full physical and mental potential prior to surgery.

Your pre-operative therapy will help you:

  • Mentally Prepare for Your Upcoming Surgery
  • Enhance Muscle Strength and Control Surrounding the Injured Area
  • Acquaint Yourself with Post-Surgery Exercises for a Smoother Recovery
  • Reduce Pain and Inflammation
  • Boost Overall Fitness Levels
  • Engage in Stretching and Pain Relief Exercises
  • Manual Therapies

Post-Operative Therapy and Rehabilitation

Physical Therapy is usually recommended following an orthopedic operation to speed recovery and return to normal functional activities.

A post-operative rehabilitation plan is established to promote healing, reduce pain and swelling, and restore joint mobility, flexibility and strength; all while ensuring the integrity of the surgery. The physical therapist works with the patient to set functional goals that are specific to the patients’ needs. Post-operative therapy usually progresses through phases. The first phase, immediately following surgery, concentrates on reducing pain and swelling. In the following phases, treatment focuses on corrective exercise and manual techniques to improve and restore range of motion, strength and dynamic stability striving toward the ultimate goal of return to pre-injury function.

The benefits of receiving physical therapy treatment after surgery include:

  • Reduce swelling
  • Regain range of motion
  • Restore lost strength
  • Increase endurance
  • Improve ability to return to daily activities
  • Posture, balance, and coordination training

Pre and Post-Operative Physical Therapy Services

Your physical therapist can choose from a wide range of treatments and techniques to deliver both pre-operative and post-operative rehab around a surgical procedure. The exact approach they choose will probably consist of a set of treatments that work together to help you achieve your goals, and will be customized to your circumstances. Contact the Doctors of Physical Therapy at Accelerate Physical Therapy to discuss physical therapy treatment plan for your pre and post-operative procedure.


Injuries We Treat

We treat a wide range of injuries including orthopedic, sports, work related and pre and post-operative care.

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