Achieving Smooth Recovery Through Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
Post-Surgical Rehabilitation Can Make Recovery Easier!
Do you have an upcoming surgical operation coming up soon? Have you been worried about how long recovery will take, and how long you’ll need to take off work? Are you questioning your ability to bounce back? These are all completely normal worries to have before a serious operation. However, post-surgical rehab at Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy in Colorado can take some of the stress off your shoulders.
If you are looking for the fastest way to recover from your procedure, it’s time to consult with one of our Colorado physical therapists. They will be able to make an assessment of your condition and make sure you have all the information and resources necessary for a smooth and speedy recovery.
Request an appointment at our office today to see how we can help you get back to your life faster after surgery!
Benefits of Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation before and after surgery are essential to a successful and smooth recovery. Surgery can be considered a form of trauma, and the ways in which your body reacts will vary. Even minor and uncomplicated surgical procedures can have a major impact on your health and wellbeing! This is why post-surgical rehab with a Colorado physical therapist is essential. We want to ensure everything goes smoothly during your recovery.
Going through an Individualized post-surgical rehab with a licensed physical therapist can minimize your pain, speed up the healing process, and decrease the chances of developing postoperative infections, bleeding, blood clots, muscle weakness, scar tissue, decreased function, or other problems that can negatively impact your long-term health.
Post-surgical physical therapy also has another benefit you may not know about. It can help you reduce or even completely avoid prescription painkillers, including opioids. An opioid epidemic has overtaken our country, and it has a negative affect on every socioeconomic class.
According to the CDC, an estimated 115 people every day die from opioid overdose, and upwards of 29% of people prescribed opioids will end up misusing these dangerous drugs. Because of this, the CDC advises people to choose physical therapy over prescription painkillers whenever possible. So save yourself from this issue in the long run; let one of our skilled and attentive physical therapists at Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy reduce your need for harmful opioid use.
Do I Really Have To Have Surgery?
Sometimes non-invasive treatment techniques for health conditions or injuries just aren’t effective at providing pain relief. If this happens, many physicians will recommend surgery to correct the problem.
Some common conditions that may lead to surgery include, but are not limited to:
- ACL, MCL, and/or meniscus repairs
- Total hip replacements
- Heart surgery – ablations, stent placements, cardiac pacemakers, etc.
- Rotator cuff tears
- Full or partial knee replacements
These surgeries can seriously impact the functionality of your body. Most surgeries cause some level of pain, swelling, inflammation, and mobility restrictions. This really just makes matters worse because you were already feeling pain and discomfort before your operation, why would feeling even more of that to a higher degree prove to be helpful?
In order to avoid reinjury, recurring dysfunction, and to help the healing process along, you’ll most likely have to relearn how to do certain tasks such as walking or getting dressed. Our Colorado physical therapists are skilled at teaching patients how to safely perform these everyday activities, while following critical post-operative guidelines. These guidelines are often outlined by your surgeon and could include sternal precautions, hip precautions, spine precautions, or instructing you not to put too much weight on a certain part of your body.
Contact Us To Learn More About Your Post-Surgical Rehab Options
While your doctor may recommend drugs for pain management, physical therapy has been known to relieve pain without using those. Pain-killing drugs only mask the pain while physical therapy targets the spot it’s originating from. This is achieved with specialized methods, techniques, and modalities, such as ultrasound, joint mobilizations, laser therapy, electrical stimulation, and home exercise programs.
A Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy physical therapist can advise you on ways to accommodate for such limitations, such as how to go up and down the stairs, put on clothes, or get in and out of a car. This can be done with the assistance of adaptive tools to compensate for reduced movement. By making these changes to your movement and routine, you will be able to move around comfortably while also working to restore the normal range of movement in your body.
No matter what your surgery may be for, Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy can help get you back to your normal levels of physical function. Our treatment plans will include targeted stretches and exercises to maximize your recovery and relieve your pain. If you have a surgery coming up in the future, don’t wait to request an appointment with Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy in Colorado. Call us today; we’ll help set you up for the best post-operative outcome possible!