Man performing physical therapy after surgery

Why is Physical Therapy So Important After Surgery?

After undergoing spinal or other orthopedic surgery, the road to recovery can be challenging and demanding. Whether you’ve had a minor procedure or a major operation, one crucial component of your recovery journey is physical therapy, commonly known as PT. At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, our physiatrists understand the significance of physical therapy in helping our patients regain their strength and functionality.

Types of Physical Therapy and How They Assist in Postsurgical Recovery

Physical therapy encompasses a wide range of techniques and approaches tailored to individual needs. Our practice is holistic, providing a broad range of complementary as well as traditional treatment methods to enhance recovery after surgery. The types of physical we provide include:

1. Electrical Stimulation

Electrical stimulation uses electrical currents to stimulate muscles and nerves. It is particularly effective for reducing pain, increasing blood flow, and promoting healthy muscle contractions. 

2. Stretching and Range of Motion Exercises

These exercises are essential to maintain and improve joint flexibility. After surgery, scar tissue can limit your range of motion, leading to stiffness. Physical therapists employ various stretching techniques to restore mobility and range of motion, making everyday movements easier and less painful.

3. Weight-Bearing Exercises

Weight-bearing exercises help to strengthen bones and muscles, improving stability. They are especially important for those recovering from fracture repairs and joint replacement surgeries. 

4. Balance Training is critical when it comes to preventing falls, especially in the elderly or those recovering from lower limb surgeries. Our physical therapists use exercises specifically designed to improve balance and coordination, reducing the risk of post-operative falls.

5. Endurance Training focuses on improving cardiovascular fitness and overall stamina, a necessity for patients who have been deconditioned by forced inactivity. 

Various types of PT reinforce one another and all help to improve circulation and restore vitality.

Physical Therapy Helps Our Patients Recover From a Wide Variety of Surgeries

While well-crafted physical therapy can speed recovery from nearly any operation, it is typically most beneficial after spinal and other orthopedic procedures, such as:

  • Joint replacements of hip, knee, shoulder, etc. 
  • Lumbar or cervical fusion
  • Discectomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • ACL reconstruction
  • Meniscus Repair
  • Fracture fixation
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Achilles Tendon Repair
  • Arthroscopic Procedures (e.g. for cartilage repair)

Why We Excel in Providing Postsurgical Physical Therapy

At Long Island Spine Rehabilitation Medicine, we take pride in our comprehensive approach to physical therapy. Our physiatrists specialize in pain relief and the restoration of function, ensuring that every patient receives personalized care directly under the supervision of doctors on the premises. When you come to our offices, your physical therapy will be customized to meet the recovery needs of your particular surgery. We offer superior physical therapy due to our:

  • Expertise and extensive experience in all types of physical therapy
  • State-of-the-art facilities and equipment at our 5 offices
  • Holistic approach that takes patients’ goals, concerns, and preferences into account
  • Broad range of complementary therapies to enhance the efficacy of our PT, such as acupuncture, EMG, and PRP

Contact Our Experienced Physiatrists Now to Discuss Your Physical Therapy Options

Whether you have scheduled an operation or are already in recovery, get in touch with our talented staff to find out how physical therapy can help you heal and re-energize after surgery. Call us so our doctors can help you chart your journey back to health and well-being and provide you with the medical and moral support you need to get started.