If you’re preparing for an operation such as back, knee, or hip surgery, you may be focusing on what to except from the procedure itself. If you want to have the best chance of a quick recovery and the ability to regain movement and strength, then you should consider both pre- and post-op physiotherapy.
Medical research support a program of pre- and post-op to aid recovery. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine followed patients who had pre- and post-surgical physical therapy for ACL. They discovered that patients who had physical therapy before surgery had much better outcomes after surgery than patients who only had PT after surgery. Other studies have shown people who undergo a Pre op rehab program have faster discharge times, and improved mobility post surgery.
Read on to find out more about what to expect during pre- and post-op physio!
Pre op physio
A program of pre-op physio optimises the outcome of your surgery. It will help increase strength pre-op, meaning you’ll recover faster and deal better with pain management leading up to surgery.
Pre-op physio has numerous other benefits, including:
- Normalizing movement patterns before surgery.
- Increasing joint range of motion.
- Improving general fitness levels.
- Decreasing length of stay in hospital after surgery.
- Addressing other issues/niggles you may be having, so they can be sorted out before your surgery.
Pre-op physio can also improve and aid recovery for people undergoing non joint procedures such as colorectal and other surgeries.
After surgery, we can put together a post-op programme to help you get back to full function as quickly as possible. Post-op physio follows a specific protocol depending on the type of surgery you’ve had and your specific circumstances. For best results, we like you to start physio as early as the protocol allows.
Benefits of post-op physio include:
- Pain management and reduction.
- Regaining strength, balance, movement, and range of motion.
- Helping you get back to your previous level of activity or sport.
- Preventing recurring injuries.
- Helping people with post-surgery protocol.
Are you heading in for surgery? Talk to The Corrective Clinic team about how a pre- and post-op physiotherapy programme can help get you back on your feet sooner.