Post Operation Recovery

Physical therapy is typically indicated following an orthopedic surgery such as operations on the hip, knee, shoulder, wrist, hand, neck, foot, ankle, and spine to facilitate a speedy recovery. Physical therapy can start anywhere from a few hours to a few days after surgery and in some cases there may be a period of immobilization following surgery.

Regaining motion and strength and returning to your daily activities really depends on the physical therapy.  The body will not regain normal motion without specific retraining. Physical therapists are specifically trained to restore range of motion and strength. Our therapists can also provide you with specific guidelines to allow optimal healing.

After your first evaluation by our physical therapists, your goals will be set to minimize the adverse effects of surgery such as pain and swelling as well as to restore normal movement, flexibility and function. The therapist and patient will work together to establish functional goals related to resuming normal activities of living as well as preventing an injury from recurring. The therapist will then design an exercise program tailored specific to the patient’s needs and abilities, and work.

Post-operative treatments may include:

  • Manual Therapy
  • Messages
  • Self-care training
  • Strategies for pain reduction including modalities such as ice, heat, and electrical stimulation
  • Flexibility exercises to improve range of motion
  • Exercises to strengthen muscles
  • Posture, balance, and coordination training
  • Gait analysis and training
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Home exercise plans