Most of us are familiar with the need for rehabilitation and physical therapy following a surgical procedure, but there is growing evidence to suggest that physical therapy prior to surgery is just as beneficial to the eventual outcome of surgery. Having a pre-operation exercise program by a physical therapist helps to prepare and strengthen the body before surgery, thereby facilitating a better outcome and quicker recovery.
Participating in physical therapy before surgery can help to reinforce physical function and mobility, strengthen muscles and surrounding tissues, improve balance and coordination, and eliminate or minimize pain. Together, all of this enables you to have an excellent result from your surgery, because your body started out strong.
Your physical therapist will work with you to design a customized exercise program that is tailored to meet your specific needs in order to achieve a successful outcome. They can take care of you in all phases of healing, from the initial diagnosis and pre-op physical therapy through to recovery and preventive care.
How Can Pre-Op Physical Therapy Help Me?
Physical therapy can be very beneficial before surgery to ensure that you are in optimum condition before the procedure. Pain, muscle loss (atrophy), and joint stiffness are all very common following surgery, but these can be minimized with a stronger body.
Individuals who actively participate in a pre-op exercise program tend to regain function more quickly following surgery, compared to those who do not have a pre-op program. Fundamentally, the stronger and fitter you are prior to surgery, the more likely you are to have an easier and quicker recovery with fewer complications.
Physical therapists are medical professionals who have an extensive knowledge of the human anatomy and understand how a surgical procedure can impact the body. They can use this knowledge to identify a carefully planned exercise program to improve mobility and strength, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation to the affected area.
This can greatly help to reduce pain following the surgery and speed up the healing process afterward. They can also help to improve mobility and correct any issues, such as uneven weight-bearing or compensatory movements, which could lead to problems elsewhere in the body.
Physical Therapy Services in Austin, Texas
Here at Endeavor Physical Therapy & Wellness, our goal is to provide exceptional care to reduce pain and improve motion and flexibility. This way, our patients can enjoy an improved level of function and quality of life.
We treat patients with all types of orthopedic injuries and conditions, and we offer a wide variety of wellness services. We also offer pre-op exercise services for patients who are scheduled to undergo an orthopedic surgical procedure – our services include a pre-op consultation, pre-op exercise programs, post-op therapy, and personalized treatment plans. We will continue to be there for you whenever you need us.
Our physical therapists provide a multifaceted approach to pain management. We also provide outpatient occupational therapy services.
If you would like to find out more about our services or schedule a consultation, call us today at (512) 284-7192 or you can request an appointment now via our online form. We look forward to helping you get back to total wellness!