Post-Surgery Rehab Fairbanks, AK

Post-Surgery Rehab

If you’re facing surgery to repair an injury, the hardest part leading up to the procedure is not dwelling on it. Most people know that getting through the actual surgery is the easy part. It’s the recovery that can be difficult. Even though you have the best medical team and surgeon in your corner, it may not be enough if you don’t follow through with the aftercare plan your doctor provides for you.

After any surgery, the most important aspects of the healing process involve strengthening the area and improving both range of motion and flexibility. Experienced physical therapists understand that when you have an injury the surrounding areas are also affected. While it’s important to exercise and strengthen the area of the injury, nearby areas will also need attention. Your endurance, as well as your flexibility, will have decreased during the time you were injured. Part of your recovery will be to address each of these areas equally.

Physical Therapy Accompanies Many Surgeries

Physical therapy is not a requirement for recovery with every surgical procedure. For athletic injuries or those associated with the musculoskeletal structure, it is essential to hasten the healing process and provide the body with the support it needs to regain its strength, mobility, and endurance. Doctors will normally schedule sessions with a physical therapist after the following surgeries:

  • Repair the rotator cuff
  • Repair the meniscus
  • Arthroscopic procedures
  • Spinal surgeries
  • Joint replacements, including the hip, shoulder and knee joints
  • Ligament tears and other damage associated with the knee joint (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL)
  • Any operation that results in muscle weakness or stiffness in the joints

Post-Surgery Rehab and the Recovery Process

Surgeries that involve replacing a joint or repairing extensive damage can be extremely uncomfortable for the first week or so after the procedure. Post-surgery rehab helps to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and increase range of motion and flexibility. While this is a gradual process, therapy that is provided three to four times a week will hasten the healing process while supporting the surrounding tissues.

The discomfort felt immediately after the procedure and sometimes during therapy can be alleviated through the use of ice packs, TENS units (small devices that provide electrical stimulation to the muscles) and Swedish massage techniques that softly, manipulate the muscle tissue relieving the tightness and reducing stiffness.

The exercises chosen by the physical therapist will be geared towards not only strengthening the injured area but other nearby muscle groups as well. Knee surgery will require exercises that address the legs, while shoulder surgery would involve exercises involving the arms and upper back. During your recovery period, your overall lack of exercise and activity can cause several things to occur. You may begin to lose your muscle tone. It may also be harder for you to breathe when you try to exert yourself. Your physical therapist will take these things into account and your therapy sessions will be designed to eliminate these issues.

Need to Consult With a Professional?

If you know surgery is on your horizon and you are unsure of what you need to do next, contact at Fairbanks, Alaska Center for a consultation. Our medicalteam of physical therapistscan determine what therapies will be needed to create an effective post-surgery rehab program. Don’t wait until after surgery to find out what is in store for you. If you know ahead of time, you can prepare yourself and be ready to get to work as soon as the doctor gives you the green light.