How physical therapy helps you after a surgery
Many people choose to visit a physical therapist to help reduce pain or improve strength and mobility. Some physical conditions, though, can be too severe for physical therapy or other conventional treatments alone. Such severe conditions may require surgery. However, in these cases, physical therapy can still be beneficial.
Surgery puts a lot of stress on your body, and recovery can be a long and challenging process. During recovery, it may be difficult to complete simple tasks like walking, going to the restroom or changing clothes without relying on the help of others. Post-surgical rehabilitation from a physical therapist can help you recover faster and regain your independence.
Why choose physical therapy for post-surgical rehab?
Physical therapists, like those at Franklin Rehabilitation, are health care professionals who are experienced in treating the human musculoskeletal system, which includes your muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons and joints. These areas and other systems affected by them can benefit from physical therapy in the following ways:
- Reduction of pain
- Improvement of strength and mobility
- Increased range of motion
- Restored independence in daily tasks
Physical therapy treatments vary depending on the type of surgery and personal factors like age and medical history. At Franklin Rehabilitation, our physical therapists take the time to get to know patients on a personal basis to develop effective treatments. During your first appointment, your physical therapist will evaluate your post-surgical condition and your strength, range of motion and posture. Any particular challenges you may have will also be noted.
Each treatment is personalized to the needs of the individual, but you can generally expect treatments to include:
- Stretches and exercises
- Soft tissue mobilization
- Joint mobilization
- Posture guidance
- Balance exercises
- Occupational exercises
- Patient education and more