Even when your physician prescribes pain-relieving medication after surgery, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend combining medication with nonmedical treatment such as physical therapy. At Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, Cleopatra Espinosa MS, DPT, and Soujaniya Konada, DPT, have extensive experience developing treatment plans using physical therapy modalities to reduce your pain, promote faster healing, and support your recovery. If you need surgery, plan ahead for your surgery rehabilitation by calling the office in Purchase, New York, or using the online booking feature to schedule a consultation.
You can benefit from physical therapy after virtually any type of surgery. Physical therapy is known for treating musculoskeletal problems, making it especially beneficial after surgery to:
However, physical therapy is so effective for fighting fatigue and relieving pain that it also helps patients recover from many other types of surgery, such as cancer treatment, hernia repairs, and gallbladder surgery.
Using physical therapy to move your muscles and joints during your immediate post-surgery recovery is essential to restore your overall health and improve your ability to function.
Through structured exercises and the use of other therapeutic techniques, surgery rehabilitation improves your strength, eases inflammation, and alleviates pain. As physical therapy boosts blood circulation, it also helps you avoid blood clots, a common complication following surgery.
Once you’ve undergone rehabilitation with your physical therapist, you move on to strength and conditioning to rebuild your strength. You learn proper techniques to bear weight and specific types of exercises so as to not strain your muscles.
Your strength and conditioning plan is tailored to your individual needs and takes into consideration your age, medical history, overall health, and training goals.
Gradually, the stress to your muscles increases, progressively overloading your body so you become stronger. Over time, you will be able to return to your pre-surgery strength.
While pain medication is needed in some cases, physical therapy effectively reduces pain and often eliminates the need for medication. One way physical therapy manages your pain is by stimulating blood and lymph circulation.
Increased blood flow means that your damaged tissues receive more of the oxygen and nutrients they need to accelerate healing. As lymph circulation improves, more wastes are carried away from the surgical site. As a result, inflammation goes down, and you have less pain.
The modalities commonly used during physical therapy, such as exercise, manipulation, and massage, trigger the production of your body’s natural pain-relieving biochemicals such as endorphins. Endorphins activate your body’s opiate receptors, naturally relieving your pain without needing medication.
When you need surgery, contact Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation to schedule your surgery rehabilitation.