Benefits of Post-Operative Physiotherapy
What Is Post-Op Rehab Physio?
Post-Operative Rehabilitation Physiotherapy, sometimes called Post-Surgical Physiotherapy, is a treatment plan for patients who are undergoing surgery. Surgeons advise patients to start physiotherapy as soon as they have finished surgery to achieve the best long-term results. Our experienced East Vancouver physiotherapists are already familiar with the needs of post-op patients and are prepared with specific rehabilitation sessions to get you better, faster.
How do I know I will benefit from Post Operative Physiotherapy?
Post Operative rehabilitation physiotherapy is available for anyone who has had surgery or experiencing pain, muscle weakness, stiffness, reduced mobility, reduced independence, and low exercise tolerance due to a surgical operation. All of these conditions can benefit from post-operative rehabilitation.
What Surgeries Can Post-Op Rehab Physiotherapy Help With In Terms of Recovery?
Examples of some surgeries that can be treated by Post Operative Physiotherapy:
- ACL reconstruction
- Total knee replacements
- Patella reconstruction
- Shoulder surgery
- Spinal surgery
- Hip replacement and hip arthroscopy
- Wrist fracture
- Carpal tunnel release
- Ankle fractures and reconstruction
Collaboration Between Patient and Physiotherapist
Surgery has benefits but it can also affect you psychologically, and many patients can be disheartened without seeing immediate results. Some of the best results are attributed to the collaboration between patient and physiotherapist. Trust between the patient and physiotherapist is especially important to help achieve your short term and long-term goals and to maximize your recovery.
We recommend physiotherapy be started immediately after the surgery in the hospital as well as, continued after release from the hospital as it will help you achieve a faster recovery.
What to expect from your Treatment Plan?
Your physiotherapy plan will be customized based on the type of surgery and the current stage of healing. Your rehabilitation plan will include these steps to provide the maximum recovery:
- Education on your condition and what to expect for your recovery.
- How to use any equipment you may have or need.
- Controlling swelling and pain.
- Improving range of motion.
- Reducing muscle inhibition and facilitation of muscle activation.
- Building strength and return to activity and sport.
Benefits of Post-Operative Physio For Your Health
Physiotherapists encourage you to carry out specific exercises to get back your mobility and strength. Post operative Physiotherapy can also improve circulatory and respiratory problems, provide relief from pain, and strengthen your weak muscles. It will also help you return to activities of daily life as you engaged in them before surgery. Post-Operative Physiotherapy can reduce anxiety, stress and builds confidence.