Frequently, treating a condition or illness will entail surgery such as recovering from an injury and healing from a herniated disc. Unfortunately, after the procedures have been performed some pain and reduced mobility are common side effects. However, physical therapy helps to minimize post-surgical pain and can help to restore a patient’s range of motion. Additionally, a person can receive help with walking and exercising as a part of post-surgery rehabilitation. By taking advantage of stretching, massage, and strengthening exercises, physical therapists can help patients return to optimal health quickly.
Following surgery, rehabilitation programs will adhere to specific post-surgical practices which concentrate on treatment plans tailored to meet the unique needs of the individual. The aim of this therapy is to restore a patient’s presurgical function, strength, and mobility. Goals will be agreed upon by the physical therapist and the patient following a thorough evaluation. The therapists at In Touch NYC Physical Therapy have extensive training in post-surgical treatment for an array of surgical procedures including:
Studies indicate that it is important for patients to begin physical therapy to restore mobility soon after surgery. If the patient does not experience much discomfort, he or she may begin working with the physical therapist that same day. Depending on the surgery and the body part treated, patients may begin by standing or walking a few steps with guidance or beginning to move the joint or body part.
Patients will work with the physical therapist to perform simple exercises such as relaxing and flexing muscles and moving joints. During the hospital stay, the patient will usually get up and walk around with the assistance of crutches or a walker. Exercises will continue to help gradually ease the person into more strenuous physical activity.