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Understanding the Importance of Post-Surgical Rehab

October 15th, 2018
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Post-surgical rehab is usually the last thing on a patient’s mind immediately after an operation. However, it is often the work put in before and after a surgical procedure that can determine how well and how quickly the recovery period goes.

For patients recovering from something as serious as a knee replacement, the doctor may want you to try and take your first steps as soon as an hour after the procedure. You may ask yourself why you should be moving so soon after an operation, and that is why it is necessary to understand the importance of post-surgical rehab.

What do I stand to gain from post-surgical rehab?

The human body was designed to move, and your muscles have a tendency to develop a use it or lose it attitude. While you may want to rest immediately after surgery, muscle atrophy and weakness can set in quickly. The road to recovery becomes longer if you have farther to go from where you started. In addition to avoiding atrophy of the muscles, movement of the operated on area increases blood flow and stimulates the body’s natural healing. Movement also helps prevent fluid buildup in the area to reduce swelling.

What do I stand to lose?

The biggest thing a patient stands to lose by not sticking to a post-surgical rehab regimen is quality of life. Patient outcomes have been consistently better among those who complete their course of physical therapy post-surgery. You also stand to lose time as recovery periods are longer for patients who opt out of rehab. Range of motion is reduced, and muscle weakness is also a distinct possibility.

Post-surgical rehab is hard. It is uncomfortable and sometimes can be painful. Rehab Access understands this, and our expert physical therapists know how to motivate and engage our customers. With a little hard work and dedication, you can regain your quality of life.

If you or a loved one is considering options for a post-surgical rehab facility, contact us today to set up your initial appointment to go over treatment options.