Many people are unaware of how important physical therapy truly is to recovering from injury and surgery properly and in a timely manner. Here are some of the reasons, according to Rick Lee of Benton Physical Therapy in Arkansas, as to why you should do physical therapy after your operation:
- Reason 1: To promote healing.
This is the most well-known reason to do physical therapy after surgery. “This could be to minimize scar tissue after arthroscopy on your knee or shoulder, or to retrain your muscles after a major surgery, like repairing an ACL tear.” There are so many reasons to see a physical therapist after surgery. This is the most important; they know how to help your specific injury and can help you in the healing process.
- Reason 2: To regain mobility.
“Surgeries on the lower extremities in particular (think your knees and hips) require physical therapy to regain mobility.” This ranges from the daily walker to the professional athlete. Everyone wants to have full range of motion back after injury and seeing a physical therapist can and will help aid in regaining that mobility in a timely manner.
- Reason 3: To have a faster recovery.
“Doing the necessary rehabilitation will help your body recover much more quickly than if left to its own devices.” This section doesn’t need very much explanation. If you go to people with the proper tools and knowledge you will be able to recover faster than if you tried to heal on your own.
- Reason 4: To be involved in your rehabilitation.
You as a patient will have the ability to have your own say in your recovery. You can determine how fast you work and how hard you push yourself depending on your level of pain. Your physical therapist will design a personalized recovery routine for you. This is important to remember – all people are unique and the same is true with their injuries and recovery processes. It is important to not compare how fast or slow you are moving to the speed of others with similar injuries.
To read the original article by Rick Lee, click here.
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