Pre and Post Operative Physiotherapy

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Regain Mobility

Physiotherapy is a recognised procedure used to help sufferers of certain medical conditions regain strength, mobility and functioning of specific parts of the body. Physiotherapy is often given following injury or trauma to an area of the body to help assist with healing and pain management. It can be used as a standalone procedure or in combination with other treatments such as medication or use of support aids.

Assist Recovery

Following a surgical procedure such as a hip or knee replacement, muscle or tendon repair, ligament reconstruction or fracture repair of the foot, ankle or shoulder, physiotherapy has shown to help patients recover and regain strength much quicker in the affected part of the body. By using gentle manipulation of the affected joints and muscles, using a carefully constructed rehabilitation programme.

Improve strength

The goal of post-operative physiotherapy is to get the patient back to their normal levels of activity as soon as possible, so sessions can help to build up activity tolerance as well as aerobic tolerance. As well as the physical benefits, many people believe that post-operative physiotherapy can have a profound impact on the mental health of a patient following surgery. It is thought that physiotherapy sessions can help to improve a patient's confidence, especially with feeling comfortable about using the affected part of the body again.

Pre-Operation Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy works in different ways, and how it is used depends on the area of the body affected. When it is used prior to surgery, it can help to strengthen or mobilise particular joints in the body, for instance, which can speed up recovery rates and improve an outcome following surgery.

Research conducted in Australia showed that pre-operative balance activities, aerobic exercises, lower-limb strengthening and lower-limb stretching helped to improve post-surgery outcome rates with a group of patients.

Most notably, researchers also recorded improved rates of confidence amongst pre-operative physiotherapy patients. Other benefits may include improved general fitness and endurance, muscular strength and cardiovascular fitness.

When an individually tailored pre-operative physiotherapy programme is devised by a trained practitioner, often in conjunction with other medics, it can offer a patient immense benefit by improving the outcome and recovery following the surgery.

Quicker Recovery

One of the biggest roles that physiotherapy can play is to help assist patients either before or after they have had surgery. There are many benefits to be gained from conducting both pre- and post-operative physiotherapy, with both patients and practitioners noting improved rates of recovery and healing following the operation.

Tailored Exercises

Physiotherapy can help educate and inform a patient about how to follow a carefully managed route to recovery and get the best outcome following the procedure. This may involve a tailored exercise programme that builds up strength levels over time to fit in with what the patient can personally manage and feel comfortable with, as well as any specific occupational therapy needs they might have.

Improve Mobility

Pre and post-operative physiotherapy can help to reduce stiffness in the operative site and improve mobility. Regular physiotherapy sessions can help to reduce pain and swelling as well as promote wound healing.

Clinical Guidelines

Effective physiotherapy management before and after an operation should be co-ordinated with guidance from both expert physiotherapists and the medical team involved with the procedure, as well as in accordance with clinical guidelines.

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