POST OPERATIVE PHYSIOTHERAPY

Physiotherapy can be used to help prepare your body for optimal recovery before you even have surgery. Physiotherapy after surgery can help you reduce your recovery time and improve physical function.

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What is Post Operative Physiotherapy?

The need for Post Operative Physiotherapy (physiotherapy after surgery) is of utmost importance. There are great benefits to receiving physiotherapy treatment as soon as possible (within 1 week of surgery). These benefits include:

  • optimizing recovery
  • reducing recovery time
  • improving physical function

There are also psychological benefits to physiotherapy intervention in a timely manner post surgery. These benefits include:

  • gaining an understanding about the surgery so that you can be best prepared for what to expect regarding your recovery
  • know what you should be doing and what you should be avoiding
  • learning about how much pain is “normal”

Additionally, your physiotherapist will be able to monitor your incision/surgery site to make sure that recovery is happening in a “normal” fashion and to assure you that there are no signs of infection or deep vein thrombosis (also known as DVT, which can be life-threatening and requires immediate emergency intervention at the hospital).

It can be somewhat painful at the time it is applied, but it should start to feel better almost immediately with the result of improved bodily function and movement.

Why do I need to do Post Operative Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy can be used to help prepare your body for optimal recovery before you even have surgery. Strengthening your body and gaining an understanding of what rehabilitation will look like is a great way to not only increase healing times, but also put your mind at ease by preparing your home in advance of being immobile and purchasing equipment in advance. Knowing what to expect if you require crutches, a walker or even a wheelchair can also be extremely helpful. Getting your body as strong as possible prior to surgery is a huge advantage in order to recover quickly.

    Who can benefit from Physiotherapy after Surgery?

    There are virtually no surgeries that would not benefit from seeking physiotherapy care. However, the most common surgeries that people seek physiotherapy intervention include:

    • Total Hip Replacement (THA)
    • Total Knee Replacement (TKA)
    • Meniscus or ligament tear (ACL, MCL tears)
    • Rotator cuff repair
    • ORIF (open reduction internal fixation)
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome release
    • And many more

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