What To Do Before and After Surgery
Physical therapy may be indicated prior to surgery to maximize joint motion and overall strength and endurance that will assist you in a more speedy recovery post-operatively. Post-operatively, you will be seen by a therapist as soon as it is prescribed by the physician. Treatment goals will be to minimize the adverse effects of the surgery such as pain and swelling as well as to restore normal movement, flexibility and function. Some of the more common post surgical diagnosis treated in our clinic are:
TOTAL Joint Replacements
This is a surgery in which the worn surfaces of the joint are removed and replaced with a new metal surface. Rehab starts within a few hours after surgery and continue for the next 3 months or longer. You will learn how to use your new joint and return to normal activities.
Open reduction, internal fixation of fractures
Often abbreviated as ORIF, this is a method of surgically repairing a fractured bone. Generally this involves either the use of plates and screws or an intramedullary rod to stabilize the bone.
Ligament or tendon reconstructions or repair
A surgical procedure to correct damaged or torn tendons. Most common examples would be Rotator Cuff Repair and Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction.
Low Back and cervical surgeries
- Discectomy This is a procedure in which a portion of the disc that rests between each vertebra is removed.
- Foramenotomy This procedure is used to relieve pressure on a nerve by removing a portion of the bone and other tissue that may be compressing it as it exits the spinal column.
- Laminectomy This procedure is performed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord itself. It is most commonly used to treat conditions such as spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis.
- Spine Fusion This procedure is done to eliminate motion between two adjacent vertebra. It is usually performed to treat an unstable spine (spondylolisthesis)
- Joint fusions (Arthrodesis) A surgery in which the two bones on each end of the joint are fused secondary to the joint being eroded or destroyed by trauma or severe arthritic changes. This will eliminate joint motion thus reducing pain.
- Arthroscopic knee surgery and meniscus repair
- ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL reconstruction
- Knee replacement
- Rotator cuff repair
- Shoulder arthroscopy
- Bankart repair
- Shoulder replacement
- Hip fractures
- Hip replacement
Cervical and Lumbar Spine Surgery:
- Spinal fusion
Foot and Ankle Surgery:
- Achilles tendon repair
- Ankle arthroscopy
- Ankle replacement
- Ankle fusion
Wrist and Elbow Surgery:
- Wrist arthroscopy
- Elbow arthroscopy
- Elbow replacement
- Carpal tunnel syndrome surgery
Advanced Care Physical Therapy builds and enhances each patient’s skills for living after surgery. Postoperative care that focuses on functional and manual physical therapy is our proven method of achieving that. As a result, we’re able to get patients back to living sooner, with less chance of injury.
For more information about our special postoperative orthopedic physical therapy programs, please call our physical therapy offices at (718) 747-2019.