Post-Operative RehabRichmond, TX
Post-operative rehab can be a lengthy, painful process. Not seeking professional help can dramatically impede the healing process and allow the discomfort to turn excruciating quickly. Luckily, you do not have to go through it alone. A physical therapist can help speed up the post-operative rehab process.
Post operative rehab is available at Polygon Physical Therapy Center in Richmond and the surrounding area. We know that recovery can be frustrating. Our team may be able to help. Call us today at 832-547-2282 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services.
Understanding Post Operative Rehab
After undergoing surgery, most patients have either one of two instinctual reactions: to (1) return to their old routines as soon as possible or (2) stay on bed rest until the pain goes away. In reality, both options may stagnate recovery. Overexerting the operated area can aggravate injuries or create new ones, while remaining immobile may lead to atrophy of the muscles.
Most individuals need professional help before they can return to their full functionality and mobility. Post-operative rehab can help. The process may involve the help of several different practitioners, most notably a physical therapist.
Physical therapists, also known as physiotherapists, are licensed health professionals who have undergone specific training in:
- Diagnosing physical irregularities
- Maintaining physical functionality
- Improving physical activity
- Improving appropriate functionality
- Restoring physical functionality and mobility
Physical therapists can devise customized treatment plans to meet each individual's unique needs. They may carry out treatment through either passive physical therapy, where the patient has therapy performed on them, or active physical therapy, where the patient must perform exercises on their own.
The Importance of Post-Operative Rehab
The goal of each post-operative rehab program is to re-establish joint function, motion, and muscle strength around the affected joint. Post-operative rehab is both collaborative and progressive, meaning it cannot be completed alone or right away. Physical therapy yields the best results when the patient and the therapist work together to set reasonable goals, and the patient practices all exercises as directed. Additionally, patients must maintain their commitment and involvement throughout the entire process, as the progressive nature of post-operative rehab means that they must increase their workloads slowly and steadily.
After surgery, tissues cannot heal on their own. Instead, they must be appropriately stimulated at the right time and with the right amount of pressure. Despite needing stimulation, however, tissues also need some time to mature after. Most patients will need a physical therapist’s help to determine their protected range of motion and exercise. In addition to helping patients find the right balance between rest and activity, physical therapists can help reduce muscle pain or spasms, provide guidance on how to use artificial limbs, and practice with devices that help with balance.
Conditions Treated by Post Operative Rehab
Post operative rehab can help expedite patients' recovery from virtually any type of surgery. Some of the most common conditions that benefit from post-operative rehab, include cardiac problems, joint replacements, organ transplants, pregnancy, and labor, spine surgeries, strokes, and traumatic injuries. Even the most seemingly minor surgery will involve some degree of inflammation, mobility limitations, pain, and swelling — adding to any pain and dysfunction the patient was likely already experiencing before the operation.
If there are no contraindications or complications, patients may reasonably expect to regain full functionality upon completing treatment. Each patient's post-operative rehab program is different. Some go straight from the hospital to an inpatient rehab center before progressing to an outpatient program. In any case, patients should keep in mind that post-operative rehab will often be a much lengthier process than the surgery itself. This is especially true if the patient has undergone cartilage surgery (such as on the ankle, knee, or shoulder).
Types of Post Operative Rehab
Physical therapists can use several different modalities to treat patients after surgery. It is common for patients to learn various flexibility exercises to extend their range of motion, undergo posture correction as necessary, receive massage to stimulate the tissue, and more. Our practice is proud to offer chiropractic services, manual therapy, aquatic therapy, pediatric physical therapy, and geriatric physical therapy, among other services.
In addition to post-operative rehab, patients can help speed up healing by following all discharge instructions, particularly those regarding wound care. Patients should also seek immediate attention if they experience any signs of potential complications. These include confusion, dizziness, fainting, fever, increased swelling or redness around the incision, persistent gastrointestinal issues, and unexplained or increasing pain.
Call Us Today
Post operative rehab can help expedite your recovery and restore you to your original ability. Our team at Polygon Physical Therapy Center may be able to help. Call us today at 832-547-2282 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do to prepare myself for post-operative rehab?
Depending on your specific case, you may benefit from seeking physical therapy before your procedure. This may help reduce your rehabilitation time after your surgery. Our team can help determine whether or not any preventative treatment would be right for you.
How soon after surgery can I begin post-operative rehab?
Answers vary on a case by case basis. However, you may be able to start post-operative rehab as soon as the day after surgery. A therapist at the hospital may also give you exercises to do once you return home.
Can I help speed up my post-operative healing while I am still in the hospital?
Eating a well-balanced diet is critical, as is regularly changing position in bed while in the hospital. You should also try walking and exercising when possible to promote circulation. Keeping the body in motion keeps blood flowing and discourages the formation of blood clots.
Does post-operative rehab hurt?
When done with the help of a physical therapist, post-operative rehab should not hurt. Instead, it should reduce pain. Regardless, as you restore your mobility, your pain levels may fluctuate. It is normal to feel some soreness as you recover. We will take care to minimize whatever discomfort you may feel.
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