You've had surgery, now what?

Call the Post-surgical Rehabilitation Experts at AZMedSport

Many patients are so focused on the operation itself; they often forget about the hardest part – the recovery process. After hip, knee, shoulder, wrist, hand, neck, foot, ankle or spine surgery, even the simplest task can seem difficult but our expert rehab team, lead by Dr. Kevin Williams, will help you every step of the way!  Just like it’s your surgeon’s specialty to diagnose and repair your injury, physical therapists are musculoskeletal experts who will help you heal properly.  Our team will work to restore strength, range of motion and function so you can return to normal daily activities and prevent re-injury during the recovery process.  On top of the treatment you receive in office, we will guide you on ways to reduce pain, minimize swelling and promote optimal healing.

Post-Surgical Rehabilitation may include:

  • Aerobic/cardiovascular reconditioning
  • Building muscular endurance
  • Strengthening to improve joint stability and muscle function
  • Postural re-education and training
  • Balance/coordination training
  • Functional training to improve activities such as walking, standing, bending, squatting, and/or climbing stairs
  • Education on preventing injury or re-injury
  • Sport-specific skill training
  • Strategies for pain reduction
  • Flexibility exercises to improve range of motion
  • Gait analysis and training
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Self-care training
  • Home exercise instruction

Benefits of Post-Surgical Physical Therapy

  • Promotes Faster Healing – Movement is medicine. Physical therapy can help increase blood flow and minimize scar tissues after knee or shoulder surgery. It can also help you retrain muscles after major surgeries like ACL tear repair.
  • Regain Mobility - Surgeries on the lower extremities, such as knee or hip surgery, can require physical therapy to regain mobility. This could be getting back to daily activities like walking and gardening, or returning to more vigorous exercise, like running a race.
  • Decrease Muscle Compensations - Physical therapists will assess the joints and muscles above and the below the surgery site to make sure those areas are fully functional as well. After surgery, the joints above and below the surgical area and become stiff and weak leading to further muscle imbalance.
  • Minimize Re-injury - When undergoing physical therapy timing is everything! Trying to do too much too soon could be detrimental to one’s recovery progress. Progressing too slowly can delay healing, create muscle imbalances and result in loss of mobility. Our rehab team will adjust your treatment plan frequently so stay on track to achieve both your short and long term treatment goals!

Do I need to wait until AFTER surgery to start physical therapy?

No! Many doctors will send you to physical therapy prior to surgery to strengthen your body for the surgery ahead. On top of the physical benefits, knowing what to expect and talking your recovery plan over with your physical therapist prior to surgery can help dramatically with the mental side of recovery. In fact, a recent study showed that back patients who had just one pre-op session with a physical therapist had a much smoother post-op experience.