Recovering from surgery can be long and arduous. However, having a care and rehabilitation plan in place before your surgery can help speed up recovery time and lead to a stronger you. Depending on the complexity and scope of your procedure, physical therapy could be an excellent addition to your recovery plan. Physical therapy provides many benefits to your mind and body after surgery. Here are some benefits to including physical therapy in your recovery plan.
It is important to get moving as soon as possible after surgery. Learning exercises to move the muscles of your previously injured area will help ensure proper range of motion and increase your mobility. Your physical therapist will work with you to create a personalized plan to improve your overall strength to help prevent re-injury.
During surgery, our muscles develop scar tissue and become irritated. Proper exercise and stretching techniques help to reduce the amount of scar tissue development. Also, these techniques will help build muscle memory to ensure you maintain proper body alignment throughout your healing.
Working towards your goals with the physical therapist will put you on a track to success. Your individualized plan will teach you proper body mechanics. After recovery, you will have the tools to stay strong and prevent future issues. Being proactive in your recovery is the best way to stay both mentally and physically healthy.
Avoid Opioid Dependency
Physical therapy can diminish pain and the need for pain medication. The CDC released guidelines for prescribing opioids and recommended that physical therapy should be used in conjunction with the medicines to reduce the risk of dependency. The sooner you can live pain-free without pain medications the less risk you have of developing a dependency on the drugs.
Staszak Physical Therapy & Wellness Center, located in downtown Eugene, is here to help with all of your post-surgical physical therapy needs. If surgery is unavoidable, we will develop a plan with a post-op goal intended to help you recover, get strong, and stay strong. Call today to speak with our caring staff to get your plan started. (541) 505-8180
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