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The Importance of Physical Therapy after Surgery

The Importance of Physical Therapy after Surgery
The Importance of Physical Therapy after Surgery

The purpose of surgery is to repair something that has been damaged so that a patient can live an active life. Without physical therapy, the full effectiveness of a surgery is not realized. Regardless of the type of surgery, physical therapy plays an important role in recovering from surgery, as it helps the body adjust to the repairs made, to optimally heal, and ultimately return to an active lifestyle.

The success of the surgery and speed of recovery will depend mainly on a patient’s active participation in physical therapy.

Physical therapy can:

  • Improve mobility faster
  • Reduce pain and swelling
  • Faster recovery
  • Improve balance
  • Reduce scar tissue
  • Help you regain strength post-surgery
  • Eliminate or limit the use of pain medications

A Physical Therapist will work to meet the patients individual needs. A physical therapy evaluation is performed and treatment plans are tailored to fit each individual patient's particular set of goals. Our physical therapists have received post-graduate levels of education and are knowledgeable about musculoskeletal procedures. They are equipped to develop individualized treatment plans that enhance the success of the procedure as well as improve the patient’s quality of life after surgery.

Milan M. DiGiulio, M.D. offers comprehensive orthopedic care for you and your entire family, specializing in Sports Medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee. Dr.DiGiulio performs over 200 arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgeries each year, using the most advanced surgical technology. Dr. DiGiulio is an advocate of non-invasive, non-surgical treatment options such as Physical Therapy and Orthobiologics.

Useful Links

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Sportsmed
  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Association of Nurse Anesthetists