Post-Surgical Physical Therapy Rehabilitation

After surgery, you want to get back to your life as quickly as possible. However, many surgeries will leave you laid up for days, weeks, or months, and it can be hard to feel like yourself again, especially when you’re still dealing with pain from your injury or your surgery. At Northwest Broward Orthopedics, we provide state-of-the-art post-surgical physical therapy. Whether you’ve been in a car accident, suffered an injury, or needed surgery for another reason, we can help speed up your recovery and bring about better healing and more complete health with our physical therapy rehabilitation.

Benefits of Post-Surgical PT

Your body goes through a lot during and after surgery, and our goal is to help you regain strength, range of motion, mobility, and more with our post-surgical physical therapy rehabilitation. We will have you do exercises to help build and strengthen your muscles, particularly those around the joints or areas of surgery, and we utilize physical therapy treatments that will help your bones and soft tissues rebuild and rejuvenate. Being active with post-surgical physical therapy will help increase circulation after surgery, which brings about faster and more effective healing, and can help minimize medical complications associated with post-surgical immobility. Physical therapy after surgery will help you improve your balance and mobility once again, allowing you to get back to your normal life much faster.


Your hands are crucially important members of your body and they are made up of a complex system of joints. Common injuries are sprains, fractures, hypertension, and breaks. Often times these injuries can be managed and healed with non-surgical options, but sometimes surgery is necessary to resolve the issue and mend your condition. Our doctors will use our state of the art imaging technology to ascertain the extent of the injury and determine the best path forward for you. After surgery mobility can be limited and without keeping your hand active you may notice that stiffness may persist much longer so our physical therapists will help you with stretches and exercises to get you back to normal life as soon as possible.


You may have come to us with elbow pain due to tendonitis, bursitis, sprain, fracture, dislocation or arthritis. If your condition was severe enough to warrant surgery, we will provide a licensed physical therapist to help you recover quickly from the surgery. Our physical therapists may offer you treatment ranging from basic therapy to more intensive therapy depending on the injury and the effects of surgery. Working closely with your surgeon, our physical therapist will create a unique treatment plan that is specifically for you and your needs. Surgery can leave some people in bed or out of commission for months at a time, so we will seek to get you back to your normal quality of life as soon as possible and will use our imaging technology to ensure that you are getting the most effective treatment for your condition.


Shoulder pain can really make life difficult. We have skilled physical therapists to help you recover quickly and get back to life as usual after your surgery. You have torn a joint or have arthritis or dislocated your shoulder. Our therapists will help you with exercises and stretches to help you regain your mobility and stability and reduce pain. As you progress after your surgery we will use our imaging technology to monitor your progress and the effectiveness of treatment to ensure that you are receiving the best treatment for your condition and are on your way back to your life.


There are many injuries that can impact your wrist and cause you to have to come in for surgery. Our doctors and specialists try to exhaust every other option available before recommending surgery because we know that some surgeries aren’t the best option. Our physical therapists are skilled experts who will take you through a wide range of stretches and exercises to help you regain your strength and mobility. You will be able to get to your normal life faster if you are active with physical therapy. If basic therapy like stretches and exercise are not effective our physical therapists will opt for more intensive physical therapy like joint manipulation.


Rehabilitation of the knee joint following a surgery to either replace the knee or repair portions of the soft tissue will likely begin before a patient has checked out of the hospital and headed home. It is of vital importance for the long-term success of the surgical plan in place to see that the new or newly fixed joint is put to the test and the knee is safely worked out. One of the most effective physical therapy exercises that will be recommended to consistently improve the mobility of the joint will be walking. Your doctor or therapist will prescribe to you when it is safe to walk on your knee in the aftermath of your surgery. Movement is key to preventing atrophy and stiffness in a modified or replaced joint, and the knee will need to relearn how to bear weight and maintain a standard range of motion. Overall, knee surgeries can be overwhelmingly successful if a proper regiment of therapeutic rehab is observed as a doctor or specialist prescribes.


Physical therapy following a procedure on the hip can make all of the difference in the long-term healing prospects for the joint. Failure to adequately rehabilitate the hip joint following a replacement or a reparative surgery could lead to a loss in mobility for the rest of the patient’s life. It might seem counterintuitive, but the new standard of care for those seeking to heal from hip surgery is such that they will likely attempt motion and even possibly to put weight on the joint on their very first day after surgery. Many of the individuals who seek out treatment for their hip-related pain and injury do so as a result of arthritic conditions that cause undue wear to the hip joint. When surgery is performed, the arthritic symptoms are often experienced to be noticeably less than prior to the procedure. For this reason, effective physical therapy or rehabilitation methods can be employed to maintain the health of the hip joint on a permanent basis.
Here at Northwest Broward Orthopaedics, we offer physician supervised physical therapy. Our skilled therapists are Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT) and Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA) who are experts at treating functional impairments of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. The main goal of out physical therapy department is to improve the patient’s independence and get them back to their previous level of function. We have a unique advantage in that our physical therapists work in conjunction with the orthopedic surgeons to create a team plan of care that leads to superior patient outcomes. The therapists and physicians meet on a regular schedule to review each individual patients progress. Physical therapy intervention can give the patient the best opportunity to heal properly with conservative treatment.
If you are interested in learning more about your options post-surgery, make an appointment with our team.
Call us at 954-979-3255 to set up your appointment today.

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