It’s a new year and a fresh opportunity presents itself to feel better and start living your life to fullest. For those of you with chronic pain due to injury or the wear-and-tear of aging, surgery is often thought of as the only option. But, there may be a better way to improve your pain and heal your injury that does not include going under the knife, and that is physical therapy. According to Move Forward PT, “Before you undergo expensive or invasive surgery, try physical therapy. For some conditions, including meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis, rotator cuff tears, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disk disease, treatment by a physical therapist has been found to be as effective as surgery.” Physical therapy can help you avoid surgery with a personalized recovery plan that will help you to “improve mobility, manage pain and other chronic conditions, recover from injury, and prevent future injury and chronic disease” (Move Forward PT). This is the ideal outcome when using physical therapy to prevent surgery.
Sometimes, a patient’s condition cannot be treated with physical therapy alone, and surgery is necessary. In these situations, physical therapy can still be extremely helpful in getting the patient prepared for surgery and to reduce recovery time – this is known as prehabilitation. In an article from the APTA, it is said that “when surgery is imminent, there are things PTs can do to ensure the best possible patient outcomes. We can work to optimize range of motion, strength, and function, so the patient is in front of the starting line when he or she undergoes surgery and has a head start afterward.” Prehabilitation has many benefits for the patient; it physically and mentally prepares them for what to expect from surgery, it helps set a realistic rehabilitation timeline, it improves areas of physical deficit, and so much more (APTA). Prehabilitation is truly a great option for anyone who has an impending surgery date.
After surgery comes the time to rehabilitate your body after the trauma of surgery. Physical therapy after surgery works wonders for your recovery. Your physical therapist works with you to regain mobility, build strength, and reduce pain through a personalized recovery plan. At Optivus Physical Therapy, our staff work with you to create a personalized care plan that empowers you through improved understanding of your condition and therapeutic outcomes, and by giving you your independence back.
Contact us today to discuss any of your surgical needs; whether you’re hoping to avoid it, need to prepare, or want to start a rehabilitation plan, we are here for you.