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Post-Operative Rehabilitation

Accelerate Your Recovery With Post-Surgical Rehab

As your surgery nears, getting through the operation itself is probably all that’s on your mind. But once you’ve successfully cleared that hurdle, you may find that the real work is about to begin.

There are always a number of immediate post-operative concerns that need to be addressed in physical therapy.  The initial focus after surgery includes limiting pain and swelling while protecting any surgical repair.  Mobility and strength exercises are only progressed according to the specific surgical approach.    This comprehensive approach to post-operative physical therapy allows you to bounce back more quickly.


Which operations should be followed with physical therapy?

Nearly all orthopedic and neurological surgeries will benefit from post-operative rehabilitation.  Here are just a few operations for which physical therapy is usually recommended as a follow up:

  • Rotator cuff repairs and shoulder decompressions
  • Hip, shoulder and knee joint replacements
  • Ligament repairs of the knee (ACL, LCL, MCL, and PCL)
  • Meniscus and labral repairs
  • Tendon release or repair
  • Spinal surgery
  • Joint arthroscopy
  • Fracture repair
  • Carpal tunnel release


How does post-surgical rehab speed recovery?

Once your acute pain and swelling is under control, physical therapy can begin to address the challenges of your specific surgery. The progression of your rehabilitation will then be progressed under the skilled guidance of your physical therapist.

Of course, being laid up can affect your body in ways that extend beyond the area of surgery. Your physical therapist will work with you to rebuild your strength and endurance, while also working the specific surgical areas.


Ready for a Consultation?

We recommend you talk to us prior to any planned surgical procedure so that our physical therapist may help coordinate the start of your post-operative rehabilitation and access any  post-operative protocol that might apply.

For more information, Contact us Today at Crystal Lake, IL center.