Speed Up Your Recovery Time with Post-Surgical Rehab
Do you have an upcoming surgery? Are you concerned about the recovery? Are you wondering if you’ll bounce back stronger than you were before? If so, post-surgical rehab can help.
At ProActive Physiotherapy, one of our Edmonton, AB physiotherapists will design a treatment plan to best fit your needs, so you can maximize your outcomes and bounce back as quickly as possible from your surgical procedure. Contact us today to find out how!
Post-surgical rehab at ProActive Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic
While pain-management drugs simply mask the pain, physiotherapy helps resolve it at the source. This is done through specialized methods, techniques, and modalities, such as joint mobilizations, home exercise programs, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation.
Whatever surgery you may be undergoing, physiotherapy can help you regain your function once again. Our physiotherapist will design you a personalized treatment plan that may include targeted exercises and stretches that will maximize your post-surgical recovery.
Depending on the limitations your surgical operation brings, our physiotherapists can provide you with tips on how to safely move around while you are recovering, such as how to get in and out of a car, go up and down the stairs, or put on your clothes. We can give you adaptive tools to compensate for reduced movement, while simultaneously working to restore your body’s normal range of movement as quickly as possible.
Part of your rehabilitation process will also include education on lifestyle and nutritional techniques that will help in optimizing your long-term health. This will help you avoid re-injury, recurrent surgeries, and prolonged downtime.
Rehab after necessary surgeries
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:
- Heart surgery (ablations, stent placements, cardiac pacemakers, etc.)
- Total hip replacements
- Full or partial knee replacements
- Rotator cuff tears
- ACL, MCL, and/or meniscus repairs
The impact of these surgeries on your body should not be understated. Most surgeries incur at least some degree of pain, inflammation, mobility limitations, and swelling. To complicate matters, you likely were already experiencing pain and dysfunction prior to your operation!
To accommodate healing tissues and/or to avoid recurring dysfunction, it is likely that you will have to learn how to do certain things all over again, like walking and getting dressed. Our Edmonton, AB physiotherapists can teach you how to perform tasks safely while following critical post-operative guidelines. These guidelines are often outlined by your surgeon and could include hip precautions, sternal precautions, spine precautions, non-weight bearing, etc.
Both pre- and post-surgical rehab are essential elements to successful outcomes. Any type of surgery can be considered a form of trauma and can affect the body differently. Even minor and uncomplicated surgical procedures can have a major impact on your health. Because of this, post-surgical rehab with an Edmonton, AB physiotherapist is especially important, in order to make sure everything goes smoothly after your operation is done.
Individualized post-surgical rehab with a physiotherapist not only minimizes your pain and accelerates your rate of healing, but it can also reduce the chances of postoperative complications, including infections, bleeding, blood clots, muscle weakness, scar tissue, decreased function, and other factors that can negatively impact your long-term health.
Another critical reason for electing post-surgical physiotherapy is its ability to help you 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 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 physiotherapy over prescription painkillers whenever possible.
Your Questions About Post Surgical Rehabilitation Answered
Does my surgery require physiotherapy?
Any procedure of this nature benefits from post surgical physiotherapy, including but certainly not limited to hip or knee replacement, broken bones, heart surgery, repaired ACLs or MCLs, carpel tunnel syndrome, back surgery, and more.
Does post surgical rehabilitation hurt?
You may experience mild discomfort at times, but physiotherapy is not designed to hurt or cause you pain. The discomfort you feel outweighs the pain of the compromised area.
Is it safe to do exercise therapy after surgery?
After a set amount of healing time it is not only safe but recommended to rehab the affected area. Only work with licenced professionals to ensure your treatment is carried out in a safe manner.
Do I have to come in for several appointments?
Your course of treatment combines in-clinic visits with easy exercises you can also do at home.
Is post surgical rehabilitation covered by my insurance?
We direct bill, so with your plan and employee number we can quickly tell you if your health benefit plan covers this type of physiotherapy. Most major insurance companies do provide coverage for post-op recovery, and our fee schedule reflects high value for our clients that do not have coverage.
How do I get the best post surgical rehabilitation in Edmonton?
We are happy to accept referrals and self-directed appointments. As a leading physiotherapy clinic in south Edmonton, your restored mobility after surgery is just a few steps away. Contact us today to learn more.
Get started on your post-surgical rehab plan today
If you have an upcoming surgery, contact our Edmonton, AB physiotherapy office today to see how we can help make your recovery process as smooth as possible. At ProActive Physiotherapy, we are here to set you up for post-operative success so you can get back on your feet faster!