What is post-surgical rehabilitatioin?

Surgery alone won’t get a patient back to their ideal level of function and well-being. Post-surgical physical therapy can make all the difference in a patient’s ability to achieve a successful outcome. A physical therapist can help post-surgical patients move again as soon as possible—without risking further injury or complications. The muscles surrounding the area where surgery occurred tend to become very tense during the recovery period, and can add to the patient’s pain. Physical therapists are skilled in releasing that tension so the patient can actually move, enabling them to make a faster and more complete recovery.

What are the benefits?

Because many patients experience pain following surgery, they often receive prescriptions for painkillers—including opioids. While these medications mask feelings of pain, they do not actually address the cause of the pain or aid in the recovery process. This is why—even if a patient is taking prescription pain medication—it is important for them to supplement pharmaceutical intervention with movement-based treatment. Physical therapy helps ease post-surgical pain by alleviating pressure on joints and muscles and improving strength and range of motion.