Surgical Rehab (Pre and Post Surgery)
Surgical rehabilitation isn’t always as pleasing as you wish it to be, there are advantages and disadvantages to it but always look on the brighter side of things. Pre-surgery rehabilitation and post-surgery rehabilitation are not always easy but cooperation is the key for healing to progress and success to take place.
Pre-operative rehabilitation allows you to prepare yourself emotionally, mentally and physically prior to surgery. Your health care provider will make sure that the outcome will be great after the surgery. This program is also designed to encourage healing, reduce pain, prevent swelling, and regain joint mobility, muscle stability and strength.
What you can expect from the pre-surgery Rehabilitation:
- Reduce pain and swelling
- Localise inflammation
- Restore joint and muscle mobility and range of motion
- Mental preparation prior to surgery
- Provide a good understanding of the exercises and activities that will be done after surgery
- Improved well being and overall health
Your physical therapist or physiotherapist will be your new best friend the moment you step into the post surgery rehabilitation stage. Orthopedic surgery such as knee, hip, wrist, hand, neck, spine, ankle and foot surgery will need physical therapy for fast recovery. The therapy may be implemented from a few hours or may last up to several days post-surgery or only when the affected area is mobilised.
The body’s ability to regain movement and strength in order to resume normal activities may depend greatly on physical therapy. The injured site needs time to retrain and physical therapy is specifically done to prevent injury from recurring during the recovery phase. Post surgery rehabilitation patients will be given a therapy program designed to promote healing, hasten recovery, restore normal movement, function and flexibility. Post-op treatments include self care training, pain reduction technique, muscle strengthening exercise, manual therapy, posture, gait and coordination training and other home care instructions.