Post-surgery physical therapy in Jenison, MI

Physical Therapy

While some patients may believe that their recovery is complete after surgery, it is the post-surgery physical therapy that makes a big difference in regaining their quality of life. The Advent Physical Therapy office in Jenison, Michigan, shares some of the benefits of post-surgery physical therapy.

Decreased healing time

After surgery, your first inclination may be to rest and let your body heal from the comfort of your own bed. However, it is usually more beneficial to get up and moving as soon as you are medically cleared to do so. Post-surgery physical therapy can help decrease healing time by:

  • Increasing blood flow to the area to promote the body’s own natural healing process
  • Reducing the formation of scar tissue that can limit range of motion
  • Limiting muscle atrophy and weakness

Some patients who have undergone knee replacement surgery will take their first steps right after they wake up from anesthesia to begin the healing process. Be mindful not to overexert yourself and follow the physical therapist’s instructions.

Better quality-of-life outcomes

In addition to recovering more quickly, patients who stick to a post-surgery physical therapy treatment plan generally have a better quality of life after the procedure. Restoring range of motion, strength and function is the primary goal of rehabilitation after surgery.

However, this all depends on your effort and commitment to the treatment plan. The physical therapist will likely prescribe exercises for you to do while at home in between appointments. Often, the hours put in at home make the difference in how fully the patient recovers.

Reduce risk of future injury

Injuries are more likely to occur when there is instability in a joint. Surgery can repair ligament damage in and around a joint, but post-surgery physical therapy can build strength and stability. Strength training is often part of a treatment plan.

While you may not be a bodybuilder, increasing strength in the muscle groups around an injury can help support the surgically repaired area. This added stability can help reduce the risk of recurring injury.

Scheduling post-surgery physical therapy with Advent Physical Therapy

If you are in the Jenison area and are considering or have recently had surgery, Advent Physical Therapy wants to help with your post-surgical rehabilitation. Contact us today to set up your initial appointment.