Many that physical therapy is used only after surgery, but research has shown that preoperative physical therapy can improve post operative outcomes.
What is Preoperative Physical Therapy?
Preoperative therapy goals include improving joint mobility, improving muscle extensibility, strength and function and preparing patients for the upcoming procedure.
What is Post-Operative Rehabilitation?
Post-operative rehabilitation aims to help bring patients to a full recovery. A physical therapist helps the patient regain mobility and strength following surgery. This can be accomplished in a number of ways, including exercises to improve range of motion and strength training. It’s important to note that rehabilitation can be uncomfortable. Some discomfort is expected, but the physical therapist will monitor pain and guide the patient through the rehabilitative process as the appropriate pace.