Physical therapists can help patients prior to many orthopedic surgeries such as joint replacements or repair of fractures. Research has found that pre-operative physical therapy can make a significant difference after surgery. Physical therapy can speed healing and help achieve a full recovery. It also can reduce complications and lower health care costs by more than $1,000 per individual. Our expert physical therapists will communicate with a patient’s physician in order to develop an individualized treatment plan to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility and maintain fitness before an operation.
Pre-operative physical therapy educates a patient, providing an opportunity to learn about and prepare for post-operative care. During pre-operative visits, our physical therapists will conduct tests and measures to evaluate a patient’s physical capabilities and plan the most effective post-operative program. These tests may assess pain, muscle and joint strength, and the patient’s independence within the home. We will familiarize you with the tools and equipment you may need after an operation, such as a cane, crutches or a walker. You will also learn about phases of your recovery, associated treatments, and the proper posture and body mechanics necessary for success. Knowing what to expect, a patient will feel more confidence in their prognosis and plan of care. Our physical therapists will help you through your journey back to health.