From joint replacements to fractures – all of you can benefit from physical therapy. Surgical patients with everything from joint replacements to fractures can benefit from physical therapy.
Before surgery, it may be advisable to seek physical therapy in order to increase your strength and flexibility: the better shape someone is in before a procedure, the easier recovery tends to be. By seeking treatment before surgery, patients may also learn exercise techniques to apply immediately after the surgery so recovery can begin right away.
After surgery, physical therapy can help to decrease pain, swelling and inflammation; it can also help to gain or regain full range of motion and strength so that the patient can return to normal life as soon as possible.