The Importance of Post-operative Physiotherapy
Updated: Feb 9
Physiotherapy is an important part of the post-operative recovery process for patients who have undergone surgery. It plays a crucial role in helping patients regain their strength, mobility, and function, and is a key factor in achieving a successful and full recovery. If you have undergone a surgery, a Physiotherapist can help you recover well after the surgery.
Post-operative physiotherapy involves a combination of exercise and manual therapy to help you regain flexibility, mobility, and strength. This may include exercises to improve flexibility and range of motion, manual therapy to reduce pain and swelling, strength training to promote muscle growth, and sport-specific training to help you return to sport successfully. Your Physiotherapist will design a customised rehabilitation program for you based on your specific needs and goals.
Benefits of post-operative physiotherapy
Faster recovery from surgery
Helps reduce pain and inflammation
Regain full range of motion and strength
Successful return to physical activity or sports
Prevents future injuries by strengthening the affected area and promoting good posture and proper alignment.
Possible consequences of skipping physiotherapy after surgery
Delayed healing and increased pain
Decreased mobility and function
Difficulty in returning to day-to-day functions, physical activity or sports
When should I begin post-operative physiotherapy?
You should begin post-operative physiotherapy as soon as possible after your surgery. In most cases, this will be within a few days after the procedure. The earlier you start physiotherapy, the quicker your recovery will be.
How many sessions of post-operative physiotherapy should I undergo?
This depends on several factors, including the type of surgery, your overall health, pre-injury condition, and rehabilitation goals. On average, post-operative physiotherapy can take any where from several weeks to several months. The duration of recovery and number of sessions required will be different for each individual and will depend on your specific needs and goals. Your Physiotherapist will assess and discuss this with you during your first visit.