Some physical conditions or injuries require surgery for treatment. Your surgeon may suggest visiting a physical therapist before the operation in order to get your body strong and ready for the procedure.
Physical therapy is known to help reduce or eliminate the pain of injuries and to assist in the healing process. It is a conservative treatment in which the body gently heals itself with certain exercises and nutrition.
Injuries that May Require Physical Therapy Before Surgery
When a patient prepares their body and is in good physical condition before having surgery, they are much more likely to have a shorter recovery time afterward. Some of the orthopedic conditions and injuries that warrant pre-surgery physical therapy include the following:
There are different types of ligament injuries in the knee, the most common being a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) can also be injured, but it is better protected since it is located behind the ACL.
Knee ligament injuries tend to give a feeling of joint looseness and the inability to put weight on the injured joint without severe pain.
An orthopedist will likely order an X-Ray and possibly also an MRI to assess the degree of damage and to examine the joint. Physical therapy will likely be recommended for individuals whose knees are still stable, as well as for those with an overall low activity level.
Of course, the treatment will depend on the type and extent of the injury. Patients with ACL injuries usually undergo physical therapy and surgery, while those with PCL injuries may only require physical therapy for treatment.
This injury is often caused by a sharp blow to the shoulder or a fall directly onto the shoulder, especially during contact sports. If a patient has a separated shoulder, the ligaments that connect the shoulder blade to the collarbone are torn (severe case) or stretched (mild case).
Usually, simple treatments such as ibuprofen, ice, or a sling can help manage the pain of this injury. But if pain persists, the orthopedist may recommend physical therapy partnered with surgery to restore shoulder strength and motion.
Arthritis in the hip occurs when the protective cartilage lining in the hip joint starts to deteriorate. It can cause pain and stiffness in the pelvic area, especially if the person is very physically active.
If left untreated, the hip joint may become inflamed. Over time, the bones may begin to rub directly against each other, causing extreme pain in movements and while walking.
Early nonsurgical treatments can help reduce the pain and effects of hip arthritis. If it develops into chronic pain or trouble walking, the orthopedic surgeon may recommend arthroplasty or total hip replacement surgery.
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