Post Operative Care

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Post Operative Care2019-10-08T02:23:28+00:00

Post-Operative Care

For many illnesses and injuries, surgery is often a necessary solution and, depending on the severity of the illness or injury in question, is almost always nerve-wracking. But physical therapy can help the recovery and healing process after a major surgery. This is known as post-operative care, or post-surgery, recovery or rehabilitation. There are typically three stages in postoperative rehabilitation.

  1. Immediately following surgery, the first stage is when the body is ultimately immobilized as the body goes through a basic healing process. The swelling will go down and the initial pain of surgery will subside.
  2. Now the work begins! The patient’s physical therapist will work with him or her to design a plan involving progressive exercises that will begin to strengthen the body, restoring the patient’s range of motion and overall stability.
  3. With time the patient will be able to return to their normal, pre-surgery level of physical activity, whatever that may have been for them. This is the ultimate goal of post-operative care, and physical therapy as a whole.

There are several benefits to going through post-operative care with a physical therapist, including:

Proper Healing & Faster Recovery Time

After a surgery, having a personalized physical therapy plan can help ensure that your body heals properly. Examples of this include minimizing scar tissue, reestablishing joint motion and function, and retraining muscles.

Another benefit is a faster recovery time. For example, a total joint replacement can take a huge toll on the body. But it’s been proven that if one begins physical therapy following such a major surgery – even as early as waking up from the anesthesia! – the patient tends to have both shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries overall.

Regain Mobility

Knee and hip surgeries especially require physical therapy to help regain mobility for anything from normal, every day walking to something more physically challenging, such as running a marathon.

Patient Participation

Research has shown that patients who actively participate in their own recovery process typically have better results and recovery experiences than those who don’t. Spending time with a physical therapist can help the patient know which methods for recovery will work best for them and also how to maintain that level of health after, if not increase their overall health afterwards.

These are some of the major benefits of physical therapy after a major surgery:

  • Helps with circulation after surgery, preventing blood clots.
  • Posture, balance, and coordination improvement and training.
  • Gait analysis and training.
  • Self-care training.
  • Manual therapy techniques.
  • Home exercise instruction.
  • Pain control and management.
  • Improves flexibility.
  • Reduced risk for postoperative pulmonary complications (PCCs).

Some doctors may even prescribe a few sessions of physical therapy prior to the operation, depending on what it is, to help strengthen your body ahead of time and find out more about what the recovery process may end up looking like for you. For example, it’s been found that back surgery patients who have undergone physical therapy have actually had a quicker recovery time than those who hadn’t gone through postoperative rehabilitation.

It’s important to remember and keep in mind, however, that a surgery may last a few hours, but appropriate rehabilitation and recovery time will look different for different people and procedures, possibly taking anywhere from a few weeks to a year to complete. This is why it’s important to speak with your doctor and physical therapist before the actual surgery so you know what you can expect in terms of recovery time. Knowing what to expect can help you mentally and physically prepare for what’s ahead. While the time frame is something to keep in mind, postoperative rehabilitation is always worth the time it takes in order to maintain and improve a person’s overall health, both now and in the future.

Below are some of the Post-Operative Care treatments we specialize in

Total Knee Replacements

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Total Hip Replacements

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ACL Reconstructions

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Rotator Cuff Repairs

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Meniscus Repairs

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Jenny is such a caring and compassionate PT! She absolutely loves helping people and it shows through the care of her patients!! She is very knowledgeable and all around a great person and I would recommend her a million times over!
Rosanna Aguirre
Rosanna Aguirre
03:09 27 Nov 18
Jenny is incredible! I first saw her for some concerns running and her skill base and knowledge level blew me away. It is an honor to recommend her!
Meg Boethin
Meg Boethin
15:32 29 Nov 18
Jenny is all about customizing care to your needs! She has great experience and is a knowledgeable, compassionate, and talented physical therapist. I highly recommend Resolve Physical Therapy!
Annique Dayley
Annique Dayley
03:24 27 Nov 18
I was a formal college athlete, was spoiled with great therapists, and was extremely nervous after leaving the cacoon of campus. In the real world you get scared that doctors won’t care about you the same way. That’s not the case with Jenny she takes everything serious and you are not just a patient. She a great pt and awesome person. Congrats on your new adventure.
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isuwrnum1
14:54 29 Nov 18
Jenny is very knowledgeable and compassionate about helping people get better.
Steve Romriell
Steve Romriell
15:45 29 Nov 18
Jenny is very knowledgeable and gave me the tools to overcome an injury I have been dealing with for 4 years. I am amazed how quickly I progressed under her guidance. She is thorough and makes sure you are doing the exercises correctly and get the most benefit from your effort. I am so thankful I was referred to her. - thank you!
Carolyn Albertazzi
Carolyn Albertazzi
03:38 19 Jun 19
Without a doubt, Jenny is the best Physical Therapist I have ever encountered! She knows her physiology, she knows how to give a message and she listens to her patients. She takes whatever time is necessary to get the job done instead of sticking to a rigid schedule and does a good job of providing exercises to do at home. I heartily recommend her!!
Bev Murphy
Bev Murphy
21:17 18 Jun 19
Jenny is a star in the field of Physical Therapy! She is great to work with and knows what the client needs to heal. I would recommend Jenny to anyone who is in need of PT and wants a great therapist, as well as a nice facility to work out of.
Alan
Alan
03:54 20 Jun 19
Jenny is very knowledgeable and skilled. Her compassion for her work and her clients is unmatched. She has a solo practice so she focuses clearly on each person and explains what she is doing and her expectations for recovery. I highly recommend her for all kinds of injuries.
Andrea Casey
Andrea Casey
08:14 23 Jan 19
Jenny gave great attention and care to my rehabilitation process. She is very knowledgeable and applied many techniques to rehab my injury. She gives great instruction and makes sure you are doing the exercises correctly and clearly communicated the plan for my progress. Also she is very personable and friendly.
Melany Fry
Melany Fry
02:19 19 Dec 18
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