Post Operative Rehabilitation
Post-operative rehabilitation is a progressive process and may take too long, ranging from months up to a year. The recovery period is different for different types of surgeries. Usually, the rehabilitation takes time for shoulder surgery, knee surgery, etc.
The most important element of post-surgical rehabilitation is doing the right exercises the right way.
- Promotion of Healing
- Faster Recovery
- Regain Mobility
- Address Postoperative Pain
- Involvement in Rehabilitation
- Reduce Scar Tissue Formation
Post-operative physical therapy comprises of separate stages. The first stage is implemented immediately after surgery when the limb is immobilized and the pain and swelling begin reducing. Then a sequence of progressive exercises is started for improving motion, function and stability. The main objective of physical therapy in post-operative care is helping the patient return to pre-injury activity level.
For effective treatment, a physical therapist always considers pre-op fitness condition and post-op goals. Physical therapy is a collaborative technique where patients are actively engaged in recovery. In some cases, patients learn the exercises and do them on their own, while some require one on one hands-on therapy while others may require passive treatments including ultrasound, laser, electrical stimulation and cold & hot therapy.