Why is Physical Therapy after Surgery Important?
Physical therapy after surgery is a valuable adjunct to your body’s healing process.
After procedures like rotator cuff surgery and hip replacement, the body springs into action to restore damaged tissue. This requires a wide range of body systems all work together. Ideally, over the course of weeks or months, new tissue is rebuilt stronger.
Once full recovery takes place, you should experience diminished pain and greater range of movement. Sometimes, however, this can take longer than is desirable. In some cases, healing might not go as well as hoped.
Physical therapy boosts the natural healing response with tailored, low-stress exercises targeted to the area of your surgery and the muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments that support them. Treatment might include orthopedics, massage and many other approaches.
This helps maintain the high level of blood flow needed for successful healing. As a result, therapy can accelerate healing, reduce pain during and after recovery and improve flexibility.