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Understanding the importance of post-surgical rehab

October 5th, 2020
Post-Surgical Rehab

Post-surgical rehab is usually the last thing on your 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.

If you’re recovering from something as serious as a knee replacement, your doctor may want you to try and take your first steps as soon as an hour after the procedure. You might be wondering why this is necessary, so join us as we explore the important benefits 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 further 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. 

Physical therapists can also use methods that help prevent the buildup of scar tissue that can be painful and limit your range of motion.

What do I stand to lose?

The biggest thing you stand 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 can be uncomfortable and demanding. However, at Rehab Access, our expert physical therapists know how to motivate and engage our patients. With a little hard work and dedication, you can regain your quality of life after your surgery.

Visit Rehab Access for post-surgical rehab

Are you expecting to have an operation soon or have you recently had one? Our physical therapists at Rehab Access are dedicated to helping you improve the outcome of your procedure and the quality of your recovery. Contact our team today for more information about post-surgical rehab or to schedule an initial appointment.