Pre- and Post-surgery Physical Therapy: It’s what we do!

Many surgeries had to be postponed at the outset of the Coronovirus outbreak in order for hospitals, doctors, and surgical centers to concentrate on slowing the spread of the virus and treating those in need of immediate care. As we all cautiously attempt to resume something close to “normal,” many are finally able to schedule and receive the surgery for which they’d been waiting.

We at Creative Therapeutics/DPT are here to help. We are seeing a lot of patients both before and after scheduled surgeries. Remember, you have the right to choose where you go for your physical therapy. We believe we can help you get better faster not only through our experience and expertise but because we spend time listening to you, understanding your condition and learning what will work for you and your lifestyle. Just knowing you would like to choose to trust us with your care lets your doctor know you are serious about your recovery.

Pre-surgery: While many tend to think of physical therapy after surgery, seeing us prior to surgery can be very beneficial. Physical therapy before surgery helps in two important ways. First, it can often alleviate some of the pain you might be feeling, helping loosen tight areas, strengthen weakened areas, improving motion and circulation. Second, working with these affected areas (and surrounding musculoskeletal structures), as well as learning how to use tools such as crutches, canes or walkers can significantly reduce the amount of visits you’ll need in recovery. A recent study showed that for total hip and total knee replacement surgeries, pre-operative PT helped reduce the amount of post-operative visits by as much as 29%.

Post-surgery: Physical therapy is a well-known way to improve recovery, reduce the risk of re-injury, and return to optimal activity. After surgery, your physical therapist will work on reducing pain and swelling/inflammation, minimizing development of scar tissue, gently and safely getting you moving again while teaching ways to improve what you do so that you can get back to doing the things you love to do.

Common surgeries we treat:

  • Knee ligament repair
  • Hip labral repair
  • Spine surgery; laminectomy
  • Elbow surgery
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder labral repair
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Joint replacement

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