Physiotherapy for Post Surgery

Post-Operative Physiotherapy or Post-Surgery Physiotherapy is an extremely crucial process
that involves a lot of sessions with your physio that include exercises to help you get better
and go back to normal physically, like you were before said injury.
In most cases besides the physiotherapy after surgery, the doctor also recommends a few
sessions before surgery to help patients recover faster post op, specifically to improve joint
mobility and reduce swelling before the surgery.

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WHY IS POST SURGICAL PHYSIOTHERAPY NEEDED?

Post surgical physiotherapy or Post-surgery rehab is crucial for patients who’ve undergone
surgeries related to orthopedic reasons, cardiac issues, cancer to name a few.

Post op physiotherapy involves a range of exercises and the Physiotherapists help patients
regain muscle strength and mobility so that they can perform their daily tasks as soon as
possible without any pain.

Physical exercises such as squats and quad flexes, lying leg raises, Ankle twists, Knee
mobility exercises, knee bends, stair-master or stair climbing etc. help patients re-establish
the muscle strength, joint mobility and flexibility. It prepares you to move smoother.
Once the patient has regained independence for a shorter distance, post surgery exercises are
turned up a notch to take the recovery process to the next level.

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TYPES OF POST SURGICAL PHYSIOTHERAPY

Post Operative Physiotherapy aims to restore lost mobility in your body after surgery through customized sessions and exercises. Your physio will assess exactly what your condition is, the joints most affected and in need of attention, and customize your plan accordingly. The most common types of post-operative rehabilitation cases are:

Knee Replacement: This is one of the most common forms of post operative physiotherapy. It’s an
advanced surgical procedure aimed at restoring pain-free movement to your knee joint by replacing it with artificial material. Post Operative Physiotherapy is absolutely crucial here in strengthening your legs and restoring full knee movement.

Spine Surgery: Spine surgery is quite an intense surgical procedure to fix spinal disorders and conditions. Post Operative Physiotherapy helps patients manage pain (think considerable amount of pain) after spine surgery, allowing them to recover as quickly as possible through key lifestyle changes, pain management strategies and exercise.

Hip Replacement Surgery: Total Hip Replacement is again a very advanced surgical procedure, in which worn
out or damaged hip joints are artificially replaced. Post Operative Physiotherapy is recommended to patients as it helps them restore mobility and strength and enables to resume normal activities. A lot of time this injury is caused by falls and impact injuries that can also damage your knee, calves etc. Physio comes in handy to cover all these areas.

Conditions that affect spinal balance: Bad posture (sitting for long periods of time), being obese, having weak abdominal muscles could all impact spine posture and lead to neck pain.

Growths: In some cases, a group of cells including tumors, cysts and bone spurs can cause neck pain.

Strains and sprains: Neck strains and sprains are very common causes of neck pain. You can injure muscles, tendons or ligaments through improper posture, slouching or hunching too much or sleeping on a high pillow.

Disk problems: Disks are small cushions that cover and protect the vertebra.
Disks can bulge from their position in the spine and press on a nerve. They can also tear! With age, disks can get flatter and offer less protection which is a degenerative condition.

Arthritis: Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis to spark neck pain.

Other Post-Surgical Conditions where post op physiotherapy has shown to speedup recovery and restore muscle strength and mobility are:

Shoulder:  Shoulder Reconstruction, Shoulder Stabilization, Rotator Cuff repair,
Acromioplasty, Manipulation, Capsulotomy, Fracture

Elbow : Tennis Elbow Release, Golfers Elbow Release, Fracture

Wrist & Hand : Carpal Tunnel Release, Fracture, Tendon Repairs

Hip: Hip Replacements/Resurfacing, Hip labral repairs, Hip Arthroscopy, Fracture

Knee: Knee Replacements, ACL and Ligament Reconstruction, Arthroscopy,
Meniscal Repairs, Chondroplasty, Lateral Release, Patella Tendon Transfer, Fracture

Calf:  Achilles Tendon Repairs, Fasciotomy

Ankle and Foot: Ankle Reconstruction, Ligament Repairs, Arthroscopy, Fracture,
Spur Removal, Bunionectomy

Spine (Neck & Back): Discectomy, Micro-discectomy, Laminectomy, Spinal
Fusion/Stabilization

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BENEFITS OF POST SURGICAL PHYSIOTHERAPY

Even after post-surgical physiotherapy procedures are over, your physio will give you certain lifestyle changes to live by and a recovery plan to ensure that you can go back to your everyday life smoothly, with customized stretches, exercises etc.
While your doctor can prescribe pain relievers, physiotherapy has been shown to alleviate pain and reduce the need for long-term drug usage.
Painkillers merely mask the sense of pain, while targeted physiotherapy approaches the issue at its root to eliminate the issue altogether. A physiotherapist will help you heal by specialized treatments, therapies, and modalities such as ultrasound, joint mobilization, laser therapy, electrical stimulation, and home exercise systems.
In the weeks following surgery, there might be certain physical restrictions that you encounter. This is where a physiotherapist comes in, helping you navigate these limitations, such as how to go up and down the stairs, put on clothes, or get in and out of your car correctly.

To optimize your long-term well-being, prevent injury, and avoid the need for more surgery in the future, part of your recovery plan is also to give you the necessary education on any lifestyle or dietary improvements that you may have made.

Other benefits of post-surgery physiotherapy include:

● Effective management of your pain on a day to day basis
● Helping you return to all your normal activities of daily living like riding your bike,
walking short distances etc.
● Strengthening of weak muscles that surround the injured area.
● Stretching of muscles that may have become stiff because of long periods of
inactivity.
● Improving your posture to prevent further damage and impact
● Regain your independence so that you don’t need to bother loved ones for small
things like helping you get down the stairs
● Reduce any anxiety that you may have and regain your confidence, bringing you
back to a hundred percent
● Mobilisation exercises to improve your blood circulation and range of motion

POST SURGICAL MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

1. Physical Therapy : Post Surgery Physical therapy is one of the best and most successful forms of pain management. It’s done in phases, customized specifically to your injury. Increase in mobility gradually while upping the intensity of stretches and later exercises helps strengthen muscles and reduce pains and strains on the affected and surrounding areas.

2. Ice: Shooting pain in the muscles and bones along with swelling is usually tackled well by ice, the case remains the same with the ankle.

3. Over the counter Medication: Corticosteroids, such as cortisone, are strong drugs that can lessen swelling and pain. Different kinds of analgesics, morphine and neural blockades can help alleviate pain in cases where the situation
is unbearable or after intensive surgeries.

    EXERCISES FOR POST SURGICAL PHYSIOTHERAPY

    There are a number of post surgical conditions for you to consider when choosing the right exercise, but we’re going to touch upon some of the most common exercises that make it to our list of muscle strengthening exercises post-surgery. Total hip replacement, knee replacement etc. are major and common surgeries performed and below are some of the exercises we prescribe to patients undergoing similar recoveries. Of course, each one’s plan
    is customized to his condition, body type, severity of injury etc.

    Ankle pumps: While lying on the bed over your back. Keep your knees extended, bend your ankle up and
    down as far as you can, repeat with the other leg.

    Knee press: While sitting on the bed, keep your legs straight. Keep a towel roll under your ankle, press
    down by contracting your thigh muscle. Hold for 10 seconds, relax and repeat with the other
    leg.

    Heel slides: While lying on the bed over your back with your knees extended, placing the foot on the
    surface, slowly slide your heel towards your buttock and then take it back to the starting
    position. Repeat with another leg.

    Straight leg raise: While lying on your back with your healthy leg bent and your foot flat on the surface, tighten
    your thigh and lift your involved leg till 300 keeping the knee straight. Repeat with the other
    leg.

    Sitting knee extension: While sitting in a chair, put another chair in front, putting your operated knee on the chair
    straighten the knee, and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat with another leg.

    Side-lying abduction: While lying flat on the healthy leg bend your leg forward and raise the operated leg up to
    300 and then bring it back to starting position. Repeat with the other leg.

    Knee bending: While standing, hold on to a supportive surface, bend your operated knee so that your foot
    touches your buttock, without twisting your knee. Then perform with your uninvolved leg.
    Stand in a lunge position, with both arms at shoulder height. While the right foot and hand are forward at a 12 o’clock position, sweep the left hand back to 6 o’clock, following with the head and body. Repeat five times.

    Hip bending: While standing, hold on to a supportive surface, lift your knee by bending at the hip and knee
    and bring it towards your shoulder. Repeat with your involved leg.

    Hip abduction: While standing, hold on to a supportive surface, bring your operated leg out. Repeat with
    your healthy leg.

    Hip extension: While standing, hold on to a supportive surface, keeping your knee straight take your
    operated leg backward. Then repeat with your healthy leg.

    Heel raises: While standing, hold on to a supportive surface, lift both heels off the ground. Hold for 10
    seconds and then slowly return to the starting position.

    Knee bend: While sitting in a chair with your healthy leg cross in front of your operated ankle, push your
    operated foot backward, assisting with the bending of the knee. Hold for 10 seconds.

    Buttock Contractions: Tighten your buttock muscles and hold to a count of 5.
    Repeat 10 times.
    Do 3 or 4 sessions a day.

    Quadriceps Set :
    Tighten your thigh muscle.
    Try to straighten your knee. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds.

    Repeat this exercise 10 times during a 10-minute period, rest one minute and repeat.
    Continue until your thigh feels fatigued.

    No hidden charges / fees. LIMITED slots
    available from 8 AM to 8 PM, Mon - Sat.

    POST SURGICAL MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

    1. Physical Therapy : Post Surgery Physical therapy is one of the best and most successful forms of pain management. It’s done in phases, customized specifically to your injury. Increase in mobility gradually while upping the intensity of stretches and later exercises helps strengthen muscles and reduce pains and strains on the affected and surrounding areas.

    2. Ice: Shooting pain in the muscles and bones along with swelling is usually tackled well by ice, the case remains the same with the ankle.

    3. Over the counter Medication: Corticosteroids, such as cortisone, are strong drugs that can lessen swelling and pain. Different kinds of analgesics, morphine and neural blockades can help alleviate pain in cases where the situation
    is unbearable or after intensive surgeries.

      No hidden charges / fees. LIMITED slots
      available from 8 AM to 8 PM, Mon - Sat.

      POST SURGICAL MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

      1. Physical Therapy : Post Surgery Physical therapy is one of the best and most successful forms of pain management. It’s done in phases, customized specifically to your injury. Increase in mobility gradually while upping the intensity of stretches and later exercises helps strengthen muscles and reduce pains and strains on the affected and surrounding areas.

      2. Ice: Shooting pain in the muscles and bones along with swelling is usually tackled well by ice, the case remains the same with the ankle.

      3. Over the counter Medication: Corticosteroids, such as cortisone, are strong drugs that can lessen swelling and pain. Different kinds of analgesics, morphine and neural blockades can help alleviate pain in cases where the situation
      is unbearable or after intensive surgeries.

        No hidden charges / fees. LIMITED slots
        available from 8 AM to 8 PM, Mon - Sat.

        EXERCISES FOR POST SURGICAL PHYSIOTHERAPY

        There are a number of post surgical conditions for you to consider when choosing the right exercise, but we’re going to touch upon some of the most common exercises that make it to our list of muscle strengthening exercises post-surgery. Total hip replacement, knee replacement etc. are major and common surgeries performed and below are some of the exercises we prescribe to patients undergoing similar recoveries. Of course, each one’s plan
        is customized to his condition, body type, severity of injury etc.

        Ankle pumps: While lying on the bed over your back. Keep your knees extended, bend your ankle up and
        down as far as you can, repeat with the other leg.

        Knee press: While sitting on the bed, keep your legs straight. Keep a towel roll under your ankle, press
        down by contracting your thigh muscle. Hold for 10 seconds, relax and repeat with the other
        leg.

        Heel slides: While lying on the bed over your back with your knees extended, placing the foot on the
        surface, slowly slide your heel towards your buttock and then take it back to the starting
        position. Repeat with another leg.

        Straight leg raise: While lying on your back with your healthy leg bent and your foot flat on the surface, tighten
        your thigh and lift your involved leg till 300 keeping the knee straight. Repeat with the other
        leg.

        Sitting knee extension: While sitting in a chair, put another chair in front, putting your operated knee on the chair
        straighten the knee, and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat with another leg.

        Side-lying abduction: While lying flat on the healthy leg bend your leg forward and raise the operated leg up to
        300 and then bring it back to starting position. Repeat with the other leg.

        Knee bending: While standing, hold on to a supportive surface, bend your operated knee so that your foot
        touches your buttock, without twisting your knee. Then perform with your uninvolved leg.
        Stand in a lunge position, with both arms at shoulder height. While the right foot and hand are forward at a 12 o’clock position, sweep the left hand back to 6 o’clock, following with the head and body. Repeat five times.

        Hip bending: While standing, hold on to a supportive surface, lift your knee by bending at the hip and knee
        and bring it towards your shoulder. Repeat with your involved leg.

        Hip abduction: While standing, hold on to a supportive surface, bring your operated leg out. Repeat with
        your healthy leg.

        Hip extension: While standing, hold on to a supportive surface, keeping your knee straight take your
        operated leg backward. Then repeat with your healthy leg.

        Heel raises: While standing, hold on to a supportive surface, lift both heels off the ground. Hold for 10
        seconds and then slowly return to the starting position.

        Knee bend: While sitting in a chair with your healthy leg cross in front of your operated ankle, push your
        operated foot backward, assisting with the bending of the knee. Hold for 10 seconds.

        Buttock Contractions: Tighten your buttock muscles and hold to a count of 5.
        Repeat 10 times.
        Do 3 or 4 sessions a day.

        Quadriceps Set :
        Tighten your thigh muscle.
        Try to straighten your knee. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds.

        Repeat this exercise 10 times during a 10-minute period, rest one minute and repeat.
        Continue until your thigh feels fatigued.

        No hidden charges / fees. LIMITED slots
        available from 8 AM to 8 PM, Mon - Sat.