Post-surgery complications can be avoided by allowing physiotherapy to play an integral role in your recovery.

How does physiotherapy help after surgery?

The role of a physiotherapist with post-surgery conditions is to incorporate a variety of techniques in order to help your bones, muscles and joints, which may have previously been damaged or broken to work again to their full potential.

By following a recommended physiotherapy programme, both as an outpatient and through doing the recommended exercises given by your physiotherapist at home, it helps to speed up the recovery and healing process and to reduce stiffness, pain and increase your mobility.

Not only is it just about exercising, a physiotherapist’s role is also about educating people and offering them advice about how a particular condition they have been suffering from may have arisen, how it might have been prevented in the first place and how to prevent it from recurring in the future.

Common surgeries treated:

  • Orthopaedics (Shoulder, Elbow, Hand and Wrist, Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot)
  • Pregnancy and gynaecological surgery
  • Chronic chest problems

Physio after a Fracture

Sometimes if your fracture is not aligned, you may require surgery so that the doctor can re-align the bones and place a pin, screws or plate into the bone to keep it in place. Physiotherapy plays an integral role in hospital, to maintain your strength while you are stuck in bed, and also teach you how to walk with an assistive device.

Once discharged from the hospital the doctor will recommend that you see a physiotherapist to assist in strengthening and regaining range of movement in the joints affected, as well as weaning you out of a boot or off crutches. The ultimate goal of physiotherapy is to get you back to your pre-fracture functional level.

Physiotherapy can help with the following post-surgery conditions:

  • Prevention of chest complications
  • Prevention of thrombosis
  • Prevention of pressure sores
  • Prevention of muscle wasting and joint immobility

This article was updated by Bonny Davidson who is one of the Physiotherapists at Lamberti Physiotherapy Dainfern You might like to consult her about post-operative conditions which may need attention, so use our handy appointment form to book a session.