Decrease Your Recovery Time with Post-Surgical Rehab
Get Back to Your Life Faster with Physical Therapy!
Do you want to heal your surgery as soon as possible? Obviously, you do!
If you have a procedure coming up while you’re preparing for the surgery, it’s natural to be a little anxious and wonder how easy it will be for you to recover.
Luckily, understanding that you have a post-surgical rehabilitation schedule can help to relieve some of the stress.
Please contact us today to consult with one of our dedicated Cambridge and Marblehead physical therapists.
They’re all trained specialists who know how to properly evaluate a variety of pain conditions and create a recovery plan so you can get back to your life faster!
How can physical therapy help me after surgery?
Even after your post-surgical recovery procedures have been completed, our physical therapists are committed to ensuring that you enjoy a safe life.
Although pain relief medications may be prescribed by your doctor, physical therapy has been shown to relieve pain and eliminate the need for long-term medication use.
Pain management drugs simply mask pain, while physical therapy resolves the problem where it begins. Specialized procedures, techniques, and modalities, such as ultrasound, joint mobilization, laser therapy, electrical stimulation, and home exercise systems are all ways that a physical therapist can aid your recovery.
Our Cambridge and Marblehead physical therapists will build a recovery plan that includes tailored stretches and exercises in order to help you heal and get back to your usual everyday life. Step Ahead Physical Therapy will help you get to your optimum levels of function after surgery.
Physical limitations may occur in the days and weeks following surgery. Our physical therapist will show you how to navigate these limitations, such as how to go up and down the stairs, put on clothes, or get in and out of a vehicle.
In many cases, this can be achieved with the help of assistive devices. This will allow you to walk around more comfortably while still trying to regain the normal range of movement in your body by making these accommodations.
In order to optimize your long-term well-being, prevent injury, and avoid the need for more surgery in the future, part of your recovery plan will also provide education on any lifestyle and/or dietary improvements you may have made.
Did you have one of these procedures?
When conservative treatment options for an injury or health condition fail to provide effective relief, many physicians will recommend surgical correction.
Some common conditions that may lead to surgery include, but are not limited to:
- Rotator cuff tears
- ACL, MCL, and/or meniscus repairs
- Total hip replacements
- Full or partial knee replacements
- Heart surgery – ablations, stent placements, cardiac pacemakers, etc.
The effect these operations will have on your body should not be underestimated. At least some degree of discomfort, inflammation,
mobility restrictions and swelling are caused by most surgeries.
In order to help your tissues to heal, and to prevent chronic dysfunction, it is possible that you will have to learn how to do simple things all over again, like walking and getting dressed.
Our Cambridge and Marblehead physical therapists will teach you the best and safest way to perform tasks safely after your operation.
Your surgeon will also outline these instructions which may include hip precautions, sternal precautions, spine precautions, not putting weight on your limb, etc.
How will I benefit from post-surgical rehab?
Pre-surgical and post-surgical rehabilitation are vital to positive postoperative outcomes. Any type of surgery can be treated as a form of trauma and can affect the body in a variety of ways.
Even minor surgical procedures that are uncomplicated may have a significant impact on your health. Post-operative recovery is particularly necessary because of this, in order to ensure that everything goes smoothly after the surgery is completed.
In addition to reducing your pain and accelerating recovery, individualized post-operative rehabilitation with a physical therapist will also reduce the chances of postoperative complications, including infections, bleeding, blood clots, muscle fatigue, scar tissue, impaired function, and other factors that may adversely affect your long-term health.
Another critical reason for choosing post-surgical physical therapy is its ability to help reduce or completely avoid prescription painkillers, including opioids.
An opioid epidemic is currently gripping the country and impacting every socioeconomic class. According to the CDC, an estimated 115 people every day die from an opioid overdose, and upwards of 29% of people, prescribed opioids will end up misusing these dangerous drugs.
For this reason, the CDC advises people to choose physical therapy over prescription painkillers whenever possible.
Get back to your life with post-surgical rehab!
If you’re planning to have surgery in the near future, don’t wait to set up your post-operative rehabilitation plan with Step Ahead Physical Therapy.
We’ll give you everything you need to get back to your life as quickly and as easily as possible!