Whether your surgery was the result of a sports injury or joint replacement, post operative physical therapy helps to get you back to your normal daily activities faster. The physical therapists at Step Ahead Physical Therapy in Cambridge and Marblehead, MA provide one on one treatment that is designed to provide the best possible result for each individual patient.
Post operative physical therapy involves the use of a variety of techniques and which one will be best for you will be evaluated and determined by your physical therapist. It also involves making sure that you will be safe back in your home and this may involve relearning how to do some things you normally take for granted, like getting dressed or getting into the car. It can also mean making sure you have an assistive device that is fitted to your body and your life.
Some of the therapies that may be appropriate post operation are ultrasound, joint mobilization, laser therapy, electrical stimulation, and home exercise programs.
Ultrasound therapy is used to reduce pain, increase circulation and provide a fuller range of motion, which is important post operation. The soundwaves it transmits into the body vibrate deep tissues, allowing fluid to pass through them more easily.
If you have had a joint replacement, joint mobilization may be part of your post-operative physical therapy. Getting used to your new joint and getting back a range of motion while reducing pain are all critical parts of this therapy.
Laser therapy is a safe and effective way to get you back to your pre-operative self quicker and with less pain. Various types of laser can be used but all of them are painless. Laser therapy triggers a biochemical reaction that decreases inflammation, improves circulation, and also reduces the amount of scar tissue that forms, which speeds up recovery.
Electrical stimulation is a simple way to stimulate the sensory nerves and retrain muscles to contract. It not only helps relieve pain but can improve mobility and range of motion, decrease swelling, and help you to recover more quickly. Several modes of electrical stimulation are available. Your physical therapist will discuss them with you to determine the best option.
Home exercise will continue your post-operative recovery at home on the days you don't have physical therapy.
If you are in need of post operative physical therapy, the physical therapists at Step Ahead Physical Therapy offer services to the residents of Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Arlington, Charlestown, Everett, Swampscott, Marblehead, Nahant, and Salem. If you live in Boston or the North Shore, we are here for you. Call us at one of our two locations, Cambridge at 617-349-3540 or Marblehead at 781-797-0844. You can also request an appointment through our website.