Surgery is what everyone wants to avoid, but it is unavoidable in the case of trauma. Traumatic injuries are serious as they involve damage to bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. If high-impact trauma is there, the damage could be intense and the fractured bone could get displaced from its true anatomical position. In such cases, surgical fixation of fractures is required and that involves the use of Orthopedic Trauma Implants to stabilize the fractured bone fragments in their correct position.
Surgical treatment only corrects the positioning of fractured bone fragments to ensure proper healing. But after surgery, physical therapy is also required to support the implants used and ensure that they adapt easily. Plus, physical therapy is also the key to speed up recovery and bring back the strength of the traumatized area after surgery. The goal of this post is to help you know the importance of physiotherapy after orthopedic surgery.
Why Physical Therapy is Required after Orthopedic Surgery?
Post-operative physical therapy plays a critical role in deciding the quality of recovery a patient experiences. Taking proper physiotherapy sessions is vital in ensuring better recovery along with achieving optimum strength of the operated area. Physical therapy sessions provided will depend upon the type of surgery the patient has undergone along with his/her age and general health.
There are many reasons why physical therapy is important after orthopedic surgery and we will discuss some key of those.
Physical Therapy in the Early Recovery Phase
This is the phase right after the surgery. The goal of physiotherapy during this phase is to heal your tissues, reduce swelling, and manage pain. These are the main considerations during physical therapy in the early recovery phase. Besides this, your physiotherapist will also work to restore the range of motion of the affected area (especially in the case of joint injuries) and regain muscle strength without affecting the healing process.
Physiotherapy to Provide Strength and Improve Range of Motion
After the swelling has gone and pain is almost eradicated, the next phase of physical therapy will aim at providing strength to tissues muscles and improving the range of motion. When compared to the physical therapy in the early phase, the exercises performed in this phase will be more difficult as they will work towards enhancing the strength. The benchmark set at this physical therapy stage will be to regain full range of motion.
Physiotherapy to Restore Function
If everything works as planned, this could be the last stage of physiotherapy where the physiotherapist will work towards restoring the function of the operated area. In this stage, more complex exercises are performed and that could only be done once the strength of muscles and tissues is back. Functional restoration therapy may differ depending upon the goal of the patient. For example, the exercises suggested to a sports player will be different from the ones indicated for a housewife or a normal person.
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