In our modern era, there are a plethora of surgeries that one can have to fix and/or improve physical function. Modern medicine actually allows us to substitute parts of our body with replacement parts to alleviate pain and repair broken or malfunctioning parts (e.g., knee replacement surgery). Your preparation before the surgery, and especially after the surgery, can be the difference between a restorative and successful treatment plan (including the surgery) and continued issues. As you’re thinking about, or planning on, getting a surgery—be sure to talk to your doctor about physical therapy options to get you ready for it, as well as help you recover.
Physical therapy BEFORE surgery can seriously help your recovery time, depending on the surgery and severity of the issue being fixed. For example, if you’re about to get knee surgery, PT can help you strengthen and stretch the parts of your knee that support the injured part. By getting other parts of your knee “healthy” before surgery, your body will likely respond better to the surgery itself. A healthy body recovers faster!
Physical therapy AFTER a surgery is crucial to recovery. Action Reaction now provides in home physical therapy after the surgery to help the patient get to outpatient physical therapy faster and with continued care with the same group of physical therapists. Whether you’ve had a minimally invasive surgery, or a more substantial surgery—PT can help rebuild strength, flexibility and mobility, alleviate stiffness associated with surgery, reduce the build up of scar tissue, and just generally speed up the recovery process. The recuperation period after a surgery can be equally as critical to the improvement and reduction of pain in whatever part of your body needs fixing.
As you’re approaching your surgery, and certainly afterward, have conversations with your doctor about the best plan for you to make a full recovery as quickly as possible. Surgeries can certainly be inconvenient—but with a little help from a physical therapist, the time you spend “out of the game” can be significantly reduced, with a little help from a physical therapist at Action Reaction Physical Therapy!