Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in both the preoperative and postoperative phases of patient care by helping to maximize recovery and surgical outcomes.
In the preoperative phase, physiotherapy aims to prepare the patient both physically and mentally for the procedure. Physiotherapists work with patients to optimize their strength, mobility, and function before undergoing surgery. Additionally, they can hone in on addressing the individual’s specific weaknesses related to the surgical area. The steps undertaken to prepare for surgery also have the potential to help reduce surgical complications.
Following surgery, physiotherapy is instrumental in promoting a healthy and safe recovery. The objective is to work toward regaining strength, function, and range of motion as efficiently as possible. Physiotherapists work closely with patients to create personalized rehabilitation plans that best support the individual’s needs and objectives. Post-operative rehab typically consists of exercise prescription, manual therapy, and therapeutic modalities. Additionally, physiotherapy is essential in supporting the recovery period and in helping patients manage their symptoms.
Examples of Surgeries in Which Pre and Post Operative Physiotherapy May Provide Benefit:
Joint Replacement Surgeries (ie. hip, knee)
Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery
Physiotherapy both before and after a surgical procedure can be highly beneficial in enhancing a patient’s outcomes. Between maximizing your physical state in preparation for an upcoming procedure and helping accelerate the post-surgical recovery period, the objective is to help you achieve the smoothest journey toward healing.