Recovering from surgery? How physical therapy can help

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As important as the surgical procedure itself is, the post-surgical recovery period is absolutely essential to ensuring that your body heals properly and can return to full and normal functioning. Receiving physical therapy and rehabilitation is a central part of this process and it can be very helpful to understand exactly what a qualified therapist can do for you. 

No matter what type of surgery you undergo, from a minimally invasive knee procedure to full open heart surgery, your body undergoes some degree of trauma that it needs to heal from. If the procedure was for any type of musculoskeletal injury or condition, your body may also need help learning or relearning proper mechanics and range of motion. 

This is where a physical therapist can help. At Holland Physical Therapy, we have an expert team with broad experience in the full spectrum of post-surgical rehabilitation techniques. Please take a moment to read the following overview of how we can help you if you’re recovering from surgery. As always, feel free to contact us regarding any questions or if you’d like to learn more about our treatment options. 

Post-surgical physical therapy and rehabilitation

The first step in receiving physical therapy when recovering from surgery is typically to receive a full evaluation and review of your medical history. Once your therapist has a full understanding of your rehabilitation needs, you can then work together to develop a custom-tailored treatment plan that can involve the following types of treatments: 

  • Manual therapy techniques designed to reduce inflammation, minimize scarring, relax tense and spastic soft tissue, and mobilize stiff joints 
  • Therapeutic exercises designed to strengthen supporting muscles and improve mobility
  • Dry needling, which can help improve circulation and relieve pain by releasing endorphins, the body’s natural pain relievers 
  • Instruction and assistance on the use of adaptive equipment such as a cane, brace or crutches

It’s critical to follow both the instructions of your therapist and your post-surgical instructions during the recovery period. Having a positive and successful outcome from any type of surgical procedure requires a true partnership between the patient and the care providers. 

Holland Physical Therapy can help with your surgical recovery

If you have a surgery scheduled and are making plans for your recovery period, the caring and highly experienced experts at Holland Physical Therapy can help. To schedule your initial appointment, please contact a member of our friendly staff today.