Post-Operative Physical Therapy
Surgery puts your body through enormous trauma, so it needs time and special attention to return to its former glory. Once the initial resting phase is over, you need to get moving. Your body is made to move, even though it may be telling you otherwise after surgery. But the post-surgery movement you do must be measured and targeted, using proper form and pace. You get professional guidance to reach your optimum rehabilitation and recovery with post-op physical therapy in Brooklyn.
Pretty much any surgery you have requires rehabilitation steps for the best results in your recovery. This generally means some combination of rest and exercises to encourage healing, build strength and prevent further complications.
After most surgeries, your tissue, muscle, ligament and cartilage can’t recover properly without targeted movement and stimulation.
Physical therapy (PT) is key to successful rehabilitation after surgery. Meeting with your physical therapist before your surgery can be a good idea as well, to begin communicating and establishing a program of recovery. Your Brooklyn therapist at TRI Physical Therapy helps you use the best techniques and technology to recover effectively and quickly. Overall, PT helps you get your body back in motion and:
- Regain full range of motion
- Overcome pain and discomfort
- Relearn proper techniques to complete your daily tasks
- Allow you to resume your exercise routine and sports participation
- Strengthen your muscles to ease pressure on your joints and bones
- Regrow tissue properly
Pain Reduction in Post-Operative Care
Pain is a major issue after surgery. A qualified physical therapist helps you overcome your discomfort and reduce your need for dangerous — and addicting — painkillers. Your physical therapist in Brooklyn is proficient with massage and uses techniques to ease your soreness and stiffness, especially if your range of motion is still compromised. Often, surgery leads to increased muscle tension. So targeted massage and stretching techniques decrease that soreness.
In addition to rest, ice and heat therapy, physical therapists also have other techniques designed to ease pain and get you ready to resume your daily routine as soon as possible.
Depending on the type of surgery you had, your current level of fitness and your doctor’s orders, your Brooklyn physical therapist may suggest treatments that include:
Post-Op Physical Rehabilitation
Physical therapy is a crucial part of post-operative healing after almost any surgery.
The goal is to stimulate growth and healing, while helping you regain strength and range of motion. You’re encouraged to work closely with your physical therapist because pushing yourself may be what you need or may be harmful to your recovery.
Your physical therapist determines a long-term plan based on your unique needs. At TRI PT, you receive personalized, hands-on, one-on-one treatment and attention. Following your plan gets you back to normal functions as quickly and safely as possible. Once your pain is reduced and you’re cleared to begin post-operative rehab exercises, you can tackle mobility, strength, flexibility and balance exercises, such as:
- Walking with assistance
- Walking on your own
- Walking up and down stairs
- Gradually building distance
More Specific PT Techniques
Specific physical therapy approaches are designed to meet your lifestyle and full-body motion goals. These treatments may include:
- Runner’s knee exercises or racer’s recovery
- Targeted sports exercises
- Functional exercises
- Exercises following broken bone surgery
Physical therapy is never a one-size-fits-all approach for your Brooklyn PT professional. There are unique approaches required for proper healing, for example, if surgery affected your:
Long-Term Healing and Post-Operative Care
The goal of physical therapy is not just to reduce pain and restore function, but also to prevent re-injury and to relearn how to function correctly. You may find that very often, your body wants to move in unhealthy ways because it’s easier and less painful after surgery. For example, your physical therapist analyzes your walk to help you prevent further injury and to possibly even correct a lifetime of poor posture or an improper gait.
Rely on your therapist at TRI Physical Therapy, in concert with your surgeon, to restore full function during your rehabilitation. You may even improve your performance overall. The tools and techniques used in PT ensure your overall health and well-being. Get started today.