It is essential you know that life immediately after surgery is not instant bliss. The success of your treatment depends on what you do during your post-op recovery period. Physical therapy is often recommended – and there’s a good reason why. It works.
Physical therapists are trained to help patients of all ages regain their strength and mobility after an injury or surgery. PTs guide patients through specific exercises, stretches, and other activities customized to assist in their healing. The techniques PTs use target particular areas of the body.
Unfortunately, many people don’t comply with the physical therapy their doctor prescribes, even though this can be detrimental to proper healing.
Here are just six reasons why you will benefit from physical therapy after surgery:
- Enhanced Mobility. Surgery can temporarily restrict your range of motion. If you are experiencing difficulty with your ability to move, physical therapy can help. Depending on your unique physical therapy needs, assistive devices such as canes and crutches can help ensure your safety while you recover.
- Improved Blood Circulation. Physical therapy can help improve your blood circulation, giving your healing a boost. Blood carries oxygen and other nutrients throughout the body, which can help alleviate inflammation and help you heal faster.
- Pain Reduction or Elimination. Patients often fear that physical therapy will lead to more pain. On the contrary, the exercises and techniques employed by PTs help restore muscle and joint function, relieving your pain.
- Better Muscle Function. Regular physical therapy can help address stiff and tense muscles. There are various stretching routines your physical therapist can recommend to improve how your muscles function, restoring your muscle strength and increasing your endurance. These routines are guaranteed to be safe and tailored to your condition.
- Improved Balance. You may be prone to falls during your post-surgical recovery. There are certain exercises and therapies that can help improve your balance so you can walk without fear of accidental falls.
- Strengthened Core. Your midsection, or “core” as it is commonly called, is one of the essential foundations of your body. The muscles in this area of the body help to keep you stable and help prevent injuries. Physical therapy can strengthen your core specifically for better overall health and an easier recovery.
If you’re concerned about your recovery after surgery, let us help you. The physical therapy team at Movement Orthopedics can provide you with a specialized program designed just for you. Call (586) 436-3785 or request an appointment now.