Post Surgery Rehabilitation

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Understanding Post Surgery Rehabilitation

For patients undergoing orthopaedic and general surgery the post-operative physiotherapy rehabilitation program must follow the protocol that will be critical to the result that they achieve.

Your Physiotherapist should be familiar with this protocol and be able to adjust your program based on your specific circumstances.

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Post-operative Physiotherapy Occurs in Three Phases

Early Recovery Phase

This phase begins as soon as you are discharged from surgery and carries on until your tissues have healed, the swelling from surgery has dissipated and the pain associated with the surgery has mostly resolved. During this period of time your Physiotherapist will be focused on the following

  • Pain relief
  • Reducing swelling
  • Gentle manual therapy to restore joint range of motion
  • Assistance with early walking
  • Simple exercises to begin to regain muscle function without disrupting healing
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Strength and Range of Motion Phase

Once the post-op pain and swelling have reduced your physiotherapy program will become focused on normalizing the range of motion, mechanics and strength of your body. During this time, your post-op physiotherapy program will likely include:

  • More difficult strength exercises
  • The introduction of some balance and proprioception tasks
  • More aggressive manual therapy to restore full joint range of motion
  • Soft tissue treatment to ensure you regain full mobility
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Functional Restoration Phase

When your surgical site is ready and your strength has returned sufficiently to do more complex exercises safely you will move into the functional restoration phase of your post-op physiotherapy program. During this period of time you may be doing some of the following:

  • A progression of exercises designed to meet a complex functional goal
  • More difficult and complex balance and proprioception exercises
  • Manual therapy to restore full joint range of motion (if not already achieved)
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What Conditions Does post surgery Rehabilitation Treat?

Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Hip – Hip replacement, arthroscopy, labral tear, injection
  • Knee – ligament, ACL repair, tendon, cartilage, arthroscopy, knee replacement, injection
  • Ankle & Foot – bunion, fracture, arthroscopy, ligament repair and joint replacement
  • Shoulder- fracture, rotator cuff repair, arthroscopy, decompression, joint repair, injection
  • Elbow and Wrist – Injection, Fracture, tendon and ligament repair
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Uro-Gynaecology and Abdominal Surgery

  • Pelvic Floor repair
  • Prolapse repair
  • Prostate cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Abdominal Surgery

How It Works?

We offer a wide range of therapeutic procedures to treat and rehabilitate the patient from healing time to return to physical activity or sport.

  • Advice and support through the different stages of your recovery
  • Pain, swelling and scarring
  • Mobility, Flexibility, Strength, Balance and Coordination
  • Return to daily activities and independence
  • Return to recreational activities, sports and peak performance
  • Prevent some complications and compensatory issues
  • Cough and breathing problems with chest physiotherapy
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Health Benefits

Post-Operative Physiotherapy aims to help people to restore optimal mobility and overall functions in the body. It also helps in

  • Building muscle strength, improving posture and balance of the body.
  • Reducing pain with various manual therapy that is crucial for strengthening weakened and disused muscles.
  • Restoring normal movement patterns and habits.
  • Returning to recreational activities, sports and peak performance.
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