If you are scheduled for surgery, your treatment plan will almost always include rehabilitation. The period of inactivity required for surgery and the trauma your body experiences during surgery can cause your muscles, ligaments, and tendons to lose strength and flexibility. This means, even after surgery, you won’t be able to fully use your body the way you want. To restore your function, reduce pain, and make you feel your best, simply getting surgery is not enough. You must rehabilitate the part of your body to reap the full benefits.
This is where post-surgical rehab, also called postoperative rehabilitation, comes in. Here are some of the benefits of post-surgical rehab.
Gain Mobility, Function, Flexibility, and More
Post-surgical rehabilitation will include several exercises and stretches that help to strengthen different parts of your body. Depending on where you have surgery, your muscles, tendons, and ligaments could be weak. Being able to use that body part will require frequent and gradual practice. Post-surgical rehabilitation will involve a plan that focuses on strengthening weak components of your body. This means performing exercises and stretches with your therapist and at home, tracking your improvement, noting any changes or difficulties you are having, and collaboration with your surgeon to ensure you get the best care possible.
Safely Ease Back into Your Normal Routine
When you have surgery, your body cannot perform the way it used to – you must start from square one to teach your body how to function, once again. Jumping right back into your previous routine is a recipe for reinjury. Post-surgical rehabilitation will get you to gradually strengthen your body, so you get back into the rhythm of moving.
Post-surgical rehab will involve you working with a physical or occupational therapist on exercises, stretches, and therapeutic treatments. Gradually, you will see strength and flexibility return. After several weeks of rehabilitation, you will be able to return to your previous routine without the fear of reinjury or weakness that prevents you from using your body to the fullest extent.
Accelerate the Recovery Process
Patients who go through rehabilitation heal quicker than those who do not. Post-surgical rehabilitation helps heal your body more effectively and efficiently. Physical therapy helps to get your blood pumping, delivering fresh blood to areas of the body that need help in healing. This makes the healing process better and faster for you.
Additionally, exercise is always a good way to keep you healthy. Not only will your post-surgery recovery go smoother, you will feel a lot better, too. Exercise helps with stress, weight management, mood, sleep, and a lot more.
High-Quality Post-Surgical Rehab Program in San Antonio, Texas
At the Center for Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, we provide the highest quality orthopedic care, which includes rehabilitation for patients who undergo surgery. Our skilled and caring physical therapists and occupational therapists are ready to help begin your recovery.
For any questions about our post-surgical rehabilitation program, call the Center for Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at (210) 692-7400. You can also send us an appointment request online.