Post Surgical Physiotherapy
Post-Surgical Physiotherapy refers to any physiotherapy intervention undertaken following, and in the context of, surgical management of a problem. Timely physiotherapy intervention in the form of post-surgical rehab has been established as a highly effective means of ensuring a good outcome following surgery, minimising the risk of an adverse outcome, and best preparing someone to meet the demands of their lives.
Post-Surgical Physiotherapy can be conducted as soon as less than twenty-four hours of an operation, depending on the surgeon's orders as well as the state of the patient following the procedure. This physiotherapy is routinely conducted within the hospital, on ward or in a specific rehabilitation gym designed to provide a safe and supportive environment in which exercise can be undertaken, and where patients can be monitored and cared for in the event of an issue.
After leaving the surgical ward, patients may receive physiotherapy treatment in a rehabilitation ward where they stay for the duration of their treatment, via a home-visit service in their place of residence, in a hospital clinic during daytime appointments, or in a community rehabilitation center. There are many options for someone to receive physiotherapy treatment following surgery, some of which may be more or less favourable depending on the type of surgery that has been performed and the best management plan following the procedure.
It is common for patients who are already seeing a private physiotherapist prior to their surgery to maintain contact with and involvement from that same clinician after their surgery. This ensures continuity of care, appropriate patient management, and minimises the likelihood of information loss or confusion due to multiple handovers between professionals and clinics. Your private practitioner will liaise with the surgical team and other staff as needed to ensure appropriate management.
Management of your discomfort depends on its causative factors, how it feels and changes during the day, what makes it better and worse, and the length of time you have been experiencing that pain. All of these factors will be addressed in your initial assessment, which is the first step toward managing and minimising any pain or discomfort. The treatment you receive will be tailored to address the specific cause of your discomfort, and will focus on minimising pain, maximising your ability to move pain-free, and developing a plan to minimise the risk of a flare-up in the future.
At Atlas Physio, we will provide you with education, structured management, and ongoing monitoring of your pain both in-clinic and out. Contact us to arrange an assessment, and to take the first step on a course of corrective care today.