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Post-Surgical Rehab at Rehab Access

September 24th, 2018
Post-surgical rehab

If you have recently had surgery, you will likely be recommended for post-surgical rehab. For a lot of injuries and illness, surgery is often necessary to get the patient on the path to recovery, and post-surgical rehab is a part of the healing process.

Having surgery can be stressful enough, but adding the stress of the recovery process can feel overwhelming. Knowing what to expect helps our patients mentally prepare for the road that lies ahead. Rehab Access wants to help you feel comfortable with your post-surgical rehab choice. Read below for more information on what to expect during the rehabilitation process.

Stages of post-surgical rehab

Our post-surgical rehabilitation program offers three steps to help patients regain their quality of life after surgery.

  1. Immediately after the surgery, the body starts healing. Pain from the surgery is being managed and any swelling from the surgery will begin to go down.
  2. Typically, a patient will see a physical therapist a few days after surgery. Our therapists will design a treatment plan of exercises that begin to help strengthen the body and restore range of motion.
  3. Continued care is an important part of the healing process.

Each patient is different, so we make sure that our rehab plans reflect the specific lifestyle and goals of the patient.

Benefits of post-surgical rehabilitation with Rehab Access

Our licensed physical therapists are going to personalize a treatment plan that helps you heal properly. We are going to work with you to restore your body movement and retrain your muscles.

Faster recovery with Rehab Access

Studies have shown that the sooner you can begin therapy, the faster we can get you back to living your life. Depending on the nature of the surgery, some patients can start rehab a few hours after the surgery. A perfect example is rotator cuff repair surgery. Restoring range of motion in the shoulder is important. While the arm is still numb from anesthesia, a therapist may begin to lift the arm gently. Those movements start the muscle retraining process.

Patients who actively participate in their recovery typically have a better experience and recover faster. Though post-surgical rehab and recovery will look different for every patient, speaking with members of your care team can help you set realistic expectations for your recovery. Our post-surgical team at Rehab Access is ready to customize your treatment plan. Please contact our office so we can help you with your post-surgical rehab needs.