Why Physical Therapy After Surgery Is Essential

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When you’re preparing for surgery to repair an orthopedic injury, it’s easy to assume that your surgical procedure alone will restore your function and relieve your pain. But physical therapy plays an essential role in your recovery process as well.

The experienced team at Orthopaedic Associates of Reading, in Exeter and West Reading, Pennsylvania, provides physical therapy services for nonsurgical and post-surgical rehabilitation.

Taking a closer look at physical therapy

Physical therapy is a specialized medical field that focuses on balancing your musculoskeletal system to improve how it functions. Your musculoskeletal system includes your muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and bones. When you sustain trauma to any of these areas, whether through injury or surgery, it can impair their function and force other parts of your body to take up the slack. As your musculoskeletal balance is thrown off, you can experience pain and physical limitations that affect your ability to perform daily tasks.

To help support your recovery, your physical therapist at Orthopaedic Associates of Reading will focus on four primary areas:

Your physical therapist will use their advanced physiological knowledge to safely guide you on your road to recovery.

Physical therapy after surgery

Your physical therapist will develop a customized plan based on your injury and the surgery you had to repair it. During your assessment, they will evaluate your range of motion, balance, and strength. They will also check your posture, watch you move, and assess your musculoskeletal structures.

After your surgery, your therapist will work closely with you to restore your body’s functionality. Throughout the process, you will perform specific strengthening and stretching exercises under their guidance using special techniques and equipment. Your physical therapist might also recommend hands-on manual treatments, such as massage, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation.

In addition to restoring your physical function, this integrated approach will also help control your pain and inflammation as you progress through your rehabilitation. As you strengthen your surgical site, your physical therapist will also work closely with you to help you avoid reinjuring yourself in the future.

For more information on how physical therapy can help you heal quicker and stronger after surgery, call Orthopaedic Associates of Reading or schedule an appointment online.

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