Pre / Post Op

Pre-surgical Rehabilitation

Pre-surgical rehabilitation refers to an exercise program in which a patient participates to condition the body before undergoing surgery, such as a joint replacement surgery, to improve stamina, strength, flexibility, tissue mobility and health. During pre-surgical rehabilitation, patients will learn about any motion restrictions that may apply as a result of the surgery and learn how to use assistive devices, such as a walker, crutches or a cane, as well as how to get on and off a chair, in and out of bed and how to perform other daily activities of life. Pre surgical rehab programs have proven to reduce the length of post surgical programs for interventions such as back surgery, joint replacements and tissue / tendons repairs.

Post-surgical Rehabilitation

Following a surgical procedure, surgeons routinely refer post-surgical patients to our physical therapists to help them recover strength, function and mobility. Our therapists provide one-on-one, evidence-based physical therapy treatment sessions to help facilitate your recovery and return to activities of daily living (ADLs), work, recreational activities and even competitive sports.

The rehabilitative process depends on the injury and type of surgery. We help patients recover and rehabilitate from a variety of orthopedic post-operative procedures, including:

  • Knee, hip and shoulder joint replacements
  • Reconstruction of any one or more of the four major knee ligaments: anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL)
  • Arthroscopic knee surgeries (such as meniscectomies, meniscal repairs)
  • Ligament and tendon repair, including Achilles tendon repairs
  • Arthroscopic hip surgeries (such as labral repairs)
  • Nerve releases (such as cubital tunnel, radial tunnel, carpal tunnel, tarsal tunnel)
  • Neck and back surgery (such as fusions, laminectomy, decompression and discectomy)
  • Nerve compression release
  • Bone or joint fusion (arthrodesis)
  • Tendon transfers
  • Surgical fixation of fractures, including open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF), a two-part surgery used to fix broken bones where the broken bone is reduced (put back into place) and an internal fixation device is placed on the bone (e.g., screws, plates, rods or pins) to hold the bone together
  • Shoulder post-surgical recovery for rotator cuff tears, labral tears, superior labrum anterior and posterior (SLAP) tear or lesion, arthroscopy and more

Some of the therapies used to accomplish the goal of regaining movement and reducing pain, swelling and stiffness may include one or more of the following:

  • Manual therapy
  • Soft tissue and/or joint mobilization
  • Muscle energy
  • Gait and balance training
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) - electrical muscle & nerve stimulation
  • Therapeutic eercise and functional strength training
  • Ultrasound
  • Functional re-education
  • Rehabilitative exercises to help help increase strength, endurance, motion, balance and coordination

During the course of your recovery, we maintain regular communication with your surgeon to ensure your progress matches the rate of tissue healing.