Post-Surgical Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is an important step to ensure your best possible outcome post-surgery. Scar tissue forms around the area of your surgery which may result in limiting your flexibility and range of motion if left untreated. Muscle tightness and stiff joints are another common issue many patients experience post operation that can inhibit your activity long term after surgery. Your physical therapist will guide stretching and strengthening that is essential to getting the best possible outcome for you. There are many techniques our physical therapists may use to help promote faster recovery such as manual manipulation of the joints, soft tissue mobilization, Astym, aquatic therapy, hot or cold applications, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound. In addition, an individualized home exercises program will help you recover more quickly. Your physical therapist will go over theses exercises and provide instructions for you to easily follow at home. We work closely with your surgeon’s office in order to provide the fastest track to success. The plan of care, exercises, and procedures performed during physical therapy will help ease pain, reduce swelling, help circulation, strengthen your healing body, restore movement, decrease the chance of re-injury and get you back to the activities you love.

Some common orthopedic surgeries where physical therapy is proven extremely beneficial include:

  • Total joint replacements
  • Rotator Cuff
  • ACL
  • Fractures
  • And more!
Physical therapist treating knee of patient who is lying down with leg slightly elevated using physical therapy techniques