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Pre-and Post-Surgery Physical Therapy Rehabilitation

At Back in Motion Physical Therapy, we want you to have the best recovery possible. Studies have shown an increased success rate with rehabilitation when you complete a physical therapy program prior to surgery.

Surgery, whether elective or necessary, is a significant event in anyone’s life. It’s not just the procedure itself but the recovery that often poses the biggest challenge. This is where pre-and post-surgery physical therapy rehabilitation comes into play, providing crucial support to individuals undergoing surgical procedures. By preparing the body beforehand and aiding in the healing process afterward, physical therapy can greatly impact the speed and success of recovery.

Types of Surgeries Requiring Physical Therapy

Physical therapy plays a pivotal role in the recovery process for a wide range of surgeries. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Orthopedic Surgery: Such as total hip and knee replacements, ACL repair, rotator cuff repair, and spinal surgery.
  • Cardiac Surgery: Including bypass surgery and heart valve repair.
  • Neurological Surgery: For conditions like stroke or spinal cord injuries.
  • Abdominal Surgery: Including surgeries for hernias or gastrointestinal diseases.

Benefits of Pre-and Post-Surgery Rehabilitation

Pre-Surgery Rehabilitation (Prehab): Engaging in physical therapy before surgery can enhance your physical fitness, making your body stronger and more resilient. This preparation can lead to shorter hospital stays, reduced complications, and a quicker return to daily activities.

Post-Surgery Rehabilitation: The post-surgery phase focuses on restoring function, improving mobility, and alleviating pain. Benefits include accelerated recovery, minimized scar tissue, and optimized physical performance post-recovery.

Rehabilitation Treatments and Techniques

Physical therapy encompasses a variety of treatments and techniques tailored to each patient’s specific needs. These include:

  • Strengthening Exercises: Utilizing [exercise bands] and other resistance tools to build muscle strength around the surgery site.
  • Flexibility and Range of Motion Exercises: To improve movement and flexibility.
  • Pain Management Techniques: Such as ice or heat therapy, electrical stimulation, and manual therapy.
  • Mobility Aids Training: Teaching patients how to safely use crutches, walkers, or wheelchairs during recovery.
  • Use of [Knee Braces] and Other Supportive Devices: To stabilize and protect the affected area.
  • Education on [Rehabilitation Equipment]: Demonstrating how to effectively use equipment at home to aid in recovery.

Pre-and post-surgery physical therapy is indispensable in ensuring a successful recovery from surgery. By starting the rehabilitation process before the surgery and continuing diligently afterward, patients can look forward to a quicker return to their normal lives with improved outcomes.

Back in Motion Physical Therapy is ready to help you!

Make an appointment with one of our patient coordinators today to set up your initial appointment to go over which treatment option may work for you. We have center and branch locations in Auburn, Bangor, Belfast, Brewer, Brunswick, Dover-Foxcroft, Ellsworth, Gorham, Hermon, Newport, Old Town, Portland, Saco, Sanford, Scarborough, South Portland, and Waterville.

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