Physiotherapy can help to reduce recovery times in patients that go through a surgical procedure. This is can be achieved by patient education, prehabing (assessing and treating) pre surgery, and rehabing the area post surgery.
Patient education – what to expect after surgery (pain, swelling, bruising, etc); recovery times; body anatomy; walking aids (if needed); wound care; and home care/safety
Prehab – Assessing mechanical issues (range of motion, strength, function, and coordination values). Muscle activation techniques/exercises that will be needed post surgery—this makes activating these muscles easier after the procedure—and may include strengthening/stretching/coordination activities.
Rebab – Again assessing the surgical area and determining which exercises/techniques are needed at this phase. Progressive exercises will be added as needed throughout the treatment process and range of motion/strength/function will be continually tracked. Treatments will range in frequency depending on the type of surgery.
Registered Physiotherapist, BHSc, MScPT