Post Operative Physiotherapy

Why is Physiotherapy important after Surgery?

It is easy to see the need for physiotherapy after surgery. Not only can it help minimize the development of scar tissue around the wound, it can also accelerate healing and return to full mobility. Post operative physiotherapy is key to optimising the outcomes of surgery. 

With our experience, care and consideration, we aim to make the potentially daunting event of surgery as smooth a process as possible and turn the experience into a positive journey. 

We see post-operative rehabilitation as a collaboration between you, your Doctor or Surgeon in charge and ourselves. Within this team, we can plan and implement a rehabilitation program to get you to where you want to be as quickly and safely as possible.

Common Post Operative Conditions

> Rotator Cuff Repair
> Bankart Repair
> SLAP Repair
> ACL reconstruction
> Meniscus Repair
> Total Knee Replacement
> PCL Reconstruction
> ATFL Reconstruction
> Achilles Repair
> Microdiscectomy
> TILF (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion)
> ACDF (Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion)

Postoperative Physiotherapy Techniques

At City, we use a variety of tools in our post operative management. This may include:

  • Manual or hands on therapy, which is great for encouraging movement and easing pain.
  • Electrotherapy to help reactivate your unresponsive muscles, a frequent feature following an operation.
  • Finally, and vitally, exercise therapy.

Tailored Post Operative Exercises

Our therapists have extensive training in exercise therapy and can prescribe the right exercises for you to return back to full strength. The exercises we select for you vary and will depend on where you are in the recovery process and your current level of function; this tailored approach ensures the exercises are suitable and have the maximum benefit for you. 

Post Surgical Pain Management

An unwanted but unfortunately common feature following any surgery is post operative pain. Just as every post surgical patient we see is unique, so is their experience with pain and how it affects them. With our knowledge of pain, we will help you understand the likely cause of the discomfort and how, along with your Doctor, to best manage it.

When do you start Physical Therapy after Surgery?

Post-operative physiotherapy will begin when your Doctor is happy for you to start your rehabilitation. In most cases, this is within the first week of your surgery. 

No one knows what an injury means to you like you, and no one knows how to return you to health like us. Whatever your reason for surgery and whatever your goals after surgery, we have the knowledge, skills and expertise to help you achieve those goals as quickly and safely as possible.

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