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Post-Surgical Rehab

Optimize Your Function and Reach Your Goals After Surgery Through Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

Post-Surgical Rehabilitation…Make Recovery Easier and Reach Your Goals!

Do you have orthopedic surgery coming up soon? Worried about how long recovery will take? Or how long you’ll need to take off work? Are you questioning your ability to bounce back and return to daily life, play and sport? These are common worries to have before an operation. However, post-surgical rehab at Rose City Physical Therapy in Portland, OR is here to educate you on expectations, course of recovery and ease your stress.

If you are looking for experienced physical therapists in Portland, OR for your orthopedic surgery rehab, exceptional post-surgical physical therapy based on evidence, and optimal recovery from your procedure, it’s time to consult with one of our physical therapists. Fifty percent of the patients we treat are post-operative orthopedic cases. We’ve seen it all. We’ve treated it all. We understand early soft tissue healing constraints to protect your surgical site yet get you as active as possible as soon as possible, as well as later phase return to function progression of rehab. 

Request an appointment at our office today so we can help you get back to your life faster after surgery! Questions? Call us and ask to speak to one of our physical therapists. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

Benefits of Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

Physical therapy before and after surgery are essential for a successful and smooth recovery, and optimal outcomes. Surgery is interpreted by the body as trauma – invasion of your joint or other body part, and reacts with pain, inflammation, stiffness and a post-surgical short-term weakness. The ways in which your body reacts vary. Even minor and uncomplicated surgical procedures can have a major impact on your health and wellbeing! This is why post-surgical rehab with a physical therapist is essential. We want to ensure everything goes smoothly during your recovery. 

Going through an individualized post-surgical rehab with a licensed physical therapist minimizes your pain, fosters optimal healing by protecting the surgical tissue and progressing your recovery accordingly and decreases chance of developing postoperative blood clots, scar tissue, prolonged muscle weakness, decreased function, or other problems that can negatively impact your long-term outcomes and inability to get back to the things important to you.

Post-surgical physical therapy with our physical therapists at Rose City Physical Therapy affords patients a lot of education and natural ways to manage pain and can help you minimize or completely avoid prescription painkillers, including opioids. An opioid epidemic has overtaken our country, and it has a negative effect on every socioeconomic class.

The CDC reports that an estimated 115 people every day die from opioid overdose, and upwards of 29% of people prescribed opioids will end up misusing these dangerous drugs. Because of this, the CDC advises people to choose physical therapy over prescription painkillers whenever possible. Save yourself from this issue and the adverse effects of possible addiction; let one of our postoperative skilled physical therapists at Rose City Physical Therapy reduce your need for harmful opioid use.

Do I really have to have surgery?

Let’s face it, surgery is the last thing someone wants to have to go through. But sometimes there are no other options; be it related to traumatic injury or a long-term problem that has gotten worse. Sometimes conservative treatment for injuries just isn’t effective nor warranted; hence, many physicians and surgeons will recommend surgery to correct the problem.

In our realm of bone, joint and muscle injury, some common conditions that may lead to surgery include, but are not limited to:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and or meniscus injury in the knee
  • Rotator cuff tears of the shoulder
  • Total hip replacements
  • Total knee replacement
  • Total or partial (unilateral) knee replacements
  • Fractures

Surgeries can greatly affect someone’s function and livelihood. After surgery, pain, swelling, inflammation, mobility restrictions, and weakness set in for the short-term. This can be challenging to accept as pain and limited function before surgery were already being experienced. One askes themselves why would feeling more of those symptoms at a higher degree prove to be helpful?

In order to avoid lack or recovery after surgery, or reinjury of the repaired problem, recurring dysfunction, and to help the healing process along, you’ll have to relearn how to do certain tasks and functional movement. Our Portland, OR physical therapists are skilled in post-op rehab and at teaching patients how to safely perform everyday activities, while following critical post-operative guidelines defined by the surgeon and based on research. These guidelines include range of motion recovery, progressive strengthening based on healing and time allowances, spine precautions for back or neck surgery, safe body mechanics and movement to protect the surgical site, or instructing you not to put too much weight on a certain part of your body to protect healing.

Contact Us To Learn More About Your Post-Surgical Rehab Options

A Rose City Physical Therapy physical therapist can answer all your questions about your pending or recent surgery, advise you on ways to accommodate for post-surgical limitations such as how to go up and down the stairs, or get in and out of a car. By making these changes to your movement and routine, you will be able to move around safely and comfortably while also working to restore the normal functional movement specific to your needs. No matter what your surgery may be for, Rose City Physical Therapy can help get you back to your normal levels of physical function. Our treatment plans are evidence based and in collaboration with your surgeon to assure a team approach, and will include targeted exercise to relieve your pain and maximize your recovery. If you have a surgery coming up in the future, don’t wait to request an appointment with Rose City Physical Therapy in Portland, OR. Call us today; we’ll help set you up for the best post-operative outcome possible!