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Physical Therapy For Pre & Post Surgical Care
Recovery from an operation doesn’t (and shouldn’t) wait until after the surgery. Both pre and post surgical physical therapy contribute to a successful recovery.
What to expect Pre/Post Surgery For Patients
Physical therapy is typically a requirement after an orthopedic surgery such as hip, knee, shoulder, wrist, hand, neck, foot ankle or spine to ensure a strong recovery. Expect to start physical therapy within a few hours, and up to a few weeks post operation. There may even be a period of immobilization for the tissue to heal.
While most are familiar with a lengthy post-surgical rehab program, at APEX we stress the importance of pre-operative or pre-surgical “pre-habilitation” program! The focus of a pre-surgical program is to improve function before surgery for a better outcome after surgery.
Benefits of Pre Surgical Physical Therapy
- Build confidence before surgery
- Reduce pain, inflammation, swelling
- Increase range of motion
- Improve muscular function of injured joint
- Strengthen movement patterns before surgery
- Improve patient well-being and fitness level pre & post surgery
- Learn about plan of care for post-surgery and learn the exercises
Benefits of Post Surgical Physical Therapy
- Reduce swelling
- Regain range of motion
- Rebuild lost strength
- Increase fitness
- Returning to daily activities
How We Treat Patients Pre & Post Surgery
Our physical therapists and patients work together in the initial evaluation to create a strong plan of care before and after surgery. Goals will be set to minimize the negative effects of surgery, such as swelling, range of motion, flexibility, and function.
Goals will be determined between patient and physical therapist to co-create a plan best suited for the patient’s recovery. Most common goals and approaches are:
- Individualized strengthening program
- Stretching/mobility program based on evaluation
- Progressive endurance training needed for prior work and recreational activities
- Manual therapy
- Electrical stimulation for muscular activation
- Return to sport or athletic progressions
- Restoring range of motion
- Programming plan of care with respect to healing times and other limiting factors/limitations
It is our belief that we should do all we can before ever getting surgery. While there is obvious instances in which surgery is required, we strive to provide excellent physical therapy with the hopes to minimize risk of re-injury, and helping to avoid future surgical intervention.
Physical therapy can help to avoid surgery. It strengthens ligaments, tendons and muscles, which are key in protecting the body. PT is also a cost-effective approach as opposed to a costly surgery. We are confident we help reduce risk of future injury & surgical intervention by educating you during your time with us. Knowledge that you can take with you for years to come.
If our experienced physical therapists do not see progress with your injury, they will refer you to our trusted physicians and work with you pre and post op for the best outcome.
10 Reasons to choose APEX PWR
as your Partner In Physical Therapy
How our Whole Body Approach separates us from the rest
To us, physical therapy is not just about the patient’s 30-60 minutes with us per session. It goes far beyond that when it comes to long term health, and overall happiness. We have built a health and wellness clinic that includes Performance, Wellness & Rehab. Here’s how we help patients CHAMPION THEIR BODY!
Virtual Physical Therapy
Implementing virtual Physical Therapy (telehealth) into a patients plan of care teaches them to be autonomous, and learn how to care for their body in the comfort of their own home, on a business trip, or elsewhere. It is convenience and care combined into one.
Patients can go exclusively virtual or mix it in as an option when the schedule is busy and they can’t make it across town.
For the busy, traveling worker, virtual physical therapy has shown great benefit. Especially when the care is for an injury that is worsened when working – think sitting in a car for hours, and having pain while being seated, or standing up from seated. Having virtual physical therapy allows our team to be with our patients wherever they go to minimize pain and actually improve their situation even while away from home.
“It’s like having a PT in my living room – I love that I can get outstanding care for my body even when my schedule is busy and I can’t physically make it in.”