After you have any surgery, chances are you will be referred to physical therapy for post-op treatment to restore your range of motion, strength and get back to participating in the things you love.
Your post-op physical therapy process may differ depending on your age, surgery, and many other factors. Meaning, you may need to spend a night or two in the hospital after surgery so the staff can keep an eye on you if there are possibilities of complications or infection. You may also need to spend some time in an inpatient rehabilitation center if it is not appropriate to go home right away because you are older and live alone with no caregiver.
Although there are many options post-op, most people will do just fine and be able to go home after surgery and start-up OUTPATIENT PHYSICAL THERAPY in no time.
• Physical therapists explain more about your surgery and signs of infection to watch out for your health and well-being.
• Physical therapists also explain how to properly use your assistive devices (if you have one), how long recovery may last, and how to reach your goals.
• Improving ROM.
• Improving balance.
• Increasing your strength to get you back to everyday life.
• Reducing pain and inflammation.
• Normalizing gait (if a lower-body injury).
• Take measurements to keep track of your progress.