Facing surgery can be a little scary. Not only are you unsure how the operation itself will go, but you also may not be clear about what to expect once the anesthesia has worn off. Fortunately, there are things that physical therapists can do to speed up the recovery process for your surgery, especially if you get started shortly after the procedure. Some of these things people may not have even realized we can help with!
- Reducing the amount of scar tissue from surgery
Surgery and scar tissue go hand in hand. Anytime a surgeon has to cut layers of skin, fatty tissue, connective tissue, and muscles, they must repair them as well.
In the process of the body finishing what the surgeon started, scar tissue forms. Scar tissue forms from inflammation and irritation around joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, making it difficult for the area to move.
The sooner a physical therapist can help create movement in the area that has been affected by surgery, the less scar tissue will develop, and the less pain a person will have during recovery. Even though physical therapy is often uncomfortable right after surgery, it is far less painful than waiting to begin rehabilitation.
- Moving safely and comfortably, as soon as possible
A physical therapist will often begin the therapy process within 24 hours of surgery. Multiple studies have found that patients who are up and moving right after surgery have faster recovery times than those who are allowed to rest and recover before rehabilitation. Patients who have a knee or hip replacement are required to stand and walk within 24 hours.
Patients who have surgery on other areas of the body are often referred to a physical therapist even before surgery, so they can begin therapy as soon as they are discharged from the hospital. The sooner you begin rehabilitation after surgery, the faster your recovery, the better your outcome.
- A physical therapist is a movement expert
When it comes to rehabilitation after surgery, your first thought may be, “It’s too soon!” or “There’s no way I’ll be ready.” Trust the skill, experience, and expertise of a physical therapist! Committing to physical therapy the way it is prescribed, with the recommended timing and order, will have you back to optimal health much faster than fighting the process.
Find Relief and Speed Up Your Healing with Beltway Medical Group
If you will be experiencing surgery, don’t wait to schedule your appointment with a physical therapist. Not only will we be able to outline your rehabilitation schedule and recovery process, but we may also have valuable insight into things you can do now to prepare for your surgery date.
At Beltway Medical Group, we will use a variety of manual therapies or teach you exercises you can do at home. You’ll want to get started as soon as possible to make sure you’re prepared for surgery and can make a quick and full recovery. Contact us if you have surgery on the books and you’d like to know more about how rehabilitation can help!