If you undergo orthopedic surgery, post-operative rehabilitation can help speed up your recovery, limiting pain and other uncomfortable side effects. At Premier Spine and Sports Medicine in Hagerstown, Maryland, Emily Priestas, DPT, regularly works with patients of all ages to develop custom post-operative rehabilitation treatment plans. If you’re ready to take the first step toward recovery, request an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.
Post-operative rehabilitation is a physical therapy program designed to reestablish joint function, muscle strength, and overall mobility following surgery.
Thanks to modern treatment techniques, most surgeries only take a few hours. However, recovering from an operation can take months or even years. Post-operative rehabilitation helps speed up your recovery. It also works to encourage circulation, ease inflammation, and promote your well-being.
Post-operative rehabilitation isn’t always easy, but the benefits are worth all the hard work. At Premier Spine and Sports Medicine, Emily regularly uses post-operative rehabilitation to:
Post-operative rehabilitation also helps you relearn how to perform day-to-day tasks such as climbing stairs, changing clothes, and bathing.
No two post-operative rehabilitation treatment plans are exactly alike. That said, post-operative rehabilitation usually includes a three-step process.
In the first few weeks following surgery, it’s perfectly normal to experience pain, inflammation, and swelling. The first phase of post-operative rehabilitation works to relieve these problems, lowering your risk of infection. Once there’s no risk of further complications, you move on to the next phase of treatment.
After your swelling subsides, Emily asks you to participate in an exercise regimen that restores your range of motion, stability, and strength. Depending on the type of surgery you had, this might include swimming, biking, walking, or weightlifting.
Following several months of regular exercise, Emily helps you return to your activity level before your surgery. By the time you’re finished with post-operative rehabilitation, you should have no problem participating in your favorite pastimes, whether playing sports, taking the dog for a walk, or going on a hike.
Only a trained physical therapist like Emily can determine if you’re a good candidate for post-operative rehabilitation. Following a physical exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your goals for treatment, she can make recommendations that align with your individual needs.
Don’t let surgery keep you from your favorite activities. Request a post-operative rehabilitation consultation at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.