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Benefits of Physical Therapy After Surgery

Benefits of Physical Therapy After Surgery
Benefits of Physical Therapy After Surgery

Did you know that Physical therapy (PT) is vital in recovery after surgery? October is Physical Therapy Awareness Month, a necessary time to spread the word about the importance of PT.

There is often a lack of knowledge among people about the benefits that physical therapy can offer. In addition to being knowledgeable about surgical procedures, physical therapists can help patients achieve their goals following an operation. Physical therapy after surgery reduces pain, improves movement, helps you regain function, and aids in the prevention of future injuries. A physical therapist can tailor treatments to ensure long-term success by improving a patient's health and well-being.

Let's take a deeper look into the key benefits physical therapy has to offer after surgery:

  • Faster Recovery Times: Physical therapy can speed up your post-surgical healing process by improving blood circulation. Improved circulation to the affected area reduces inflammation and increases healing by carrying oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
  • Aids in Pain Management: PT provides many interventions and therapeutic techniques in physical therapy that modulate pain signals going to the brain, while others directly reduce swelling, inflammation, and stiffness in the central nervous system.
  • Emotional Impact: Surgical procedures can have a profound emotional and psychological impact. Physical therapy can reduce post-surgical depression while motivating patients to stay active in their recovery.
  • Improves Strength and Mobility: Patients can experience prolonged weakness and joint stiffness following an operation. PT can restore strength and increase mobility, helping you achieve the best post-surgical results possible for your circumstance.
  • Reduce the Risk of Complications: Working with a physical therapist after surgery can reduce the likelihood of complications. A physical therapist is a skilled movement expert who can help you handle post-operative complications, decrease scar tissue, and stay healthy.

Physical therapy can benefit you at any age! In the aftermath of surgery, physical therapy plays a significant role in helping patients return to their active lifestyles and daily activities. A physical therapy program is a great way to speed up recovery after surgery, ensuring your healing is on the right path.

Dr. Daneca DiPaolo is a highly-skilled, board-certified orthopedic surgeon and hand specialist located in Grenada, Mississippi. She offers the newest orthopedic techniques, and she provides quality, compassionate, state-of-the-art orthopedic care.

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - AAOS
  • Mississippi State Medical Association
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand