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Pre & Post Surgical Conditions

Speed up Your Recovery with Pre-Surgical Rehabilitation

It is normal to worry about a surgery you may have coming up – whether it’s about how the surgery will go or what your recovery period will look like. It is likely that you will be referred to a physical therapist following your surgery, in order to manage your pain and regain your physical function. However, did you also know that you can participate in physical therapy treatments before your surgery? Pre-surgical rehabilitation, or “pre-hab,” is a way to prepare your body for your upcoming surgery and make your recovery period easier. For more information on how pre-hab treatments can benefit you, contact HealthQuest Physical Therapy in Southeast Michigan today!

What does pre-hab do?

By participating in pre-surgical rehabilitation, you can greatly improve the outcome of your surgery. Studies have concluded that those who participate in physical therapy treatments a month or so before surgery have significantly lower recovery periods. This is because pre-hab prepares your body to make the surgery go smoother.

There are also some mental benefits to pre-hab – while surgery can be scary, pre-surgical rehabilitation can provide you with the peace of mind you need to go into your surgery with confidence, fully knowing that you did everything you could to prepare yourself. Our physical therapist will provide you with helpful tips to be as physically and mentally prepared as possible for your procedure.

What will pre-hab do for me?

According to the National Institutes of Health, participating in exercise therapies prior to surgery can exceptionally improve your post-operative outcomes and reduce your recovery time. Because surgery takes such a toll on the human body, it is typically only performed when there are no other options available. When you participate in a pre-surgical rehabilitation plan, you will focus on improving your strength before surgery so your body can heal easier and faster.

Our Southeast Michigan physical therapists are trained in helping improve range of motion and patterns of movement with targeted stretches and exercises that can be done both before and after surgery. Participating in pre-surgical rehab sets you up for a successful surgery by improving your physical health and promoting overall wellness before your procedure.

Top 6 benefits of pre-hab:

There is a multitude of benefits that pre-surgical rehabilitation provides. The top 6 include:

  • Improved outcomes. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) states that pre-hab can improve the overall outcome of surgery and it can even help in saving money if everything goes smoothly. If your muscles are strengthened prior to surgery, it is more likely that the surgery will be successful and the recovery time will be shorter.
  • Shortened recovery. Pre-hab allows for a much smoother surgical process. Having strong and toned muscles before surgery helps you get back to your regular routine much easier and quicker than you would without.
  • Reduced complications. Pre-hab incorporates targeted exercises to help increase your strength and endurance. As a result, this can improve your immunity, meaning that the chance of infection after surgery is much lower.
  • Reduced pain. Pre-hab can greatly reduce your pain following surgery. This can be done through a variety of methods, including ice and heat therapy, exercise, or massage.
  • Increased stamina. It is no secret that any surgical procedure will result in a loss of strength as your body is recovering. However, pre-hab can help in reducing how much strength is lost by increasing your stamina before the operation. In turn, this will make the recovery process much smoother since there will be less strength lost.
  • The possibility of avoiding surgery. Sometimes, pre-hab treatments can even eliminate the need for surgery altogether. While this is not always the case, some patients have actually found that their pre-hab treatments were sufficient enough in reducing their pain that they canceled their upcoming surgery.

If your pre-hab treatments are successful in decreasing your pain and improving your function, you may save yourself from an invasive procedure. If your condition begins to improve considerably after starting your treatments, you’ll want to consult with your physician regarding future treatment options and the possibility of avoiding an unnecessary surgical procedure.

Find relief today with HealthQuest Physical Therapy:

At HealthQuest Physical Therapy, we want to make sure you are fully benefiting from our pre-hab plans. At your initial appointment, one of our Southeast Michigan physical therapists will discuss the best treatment options for the nature of your surgery. They will help make sure you are as strong, flexible, and healthy as possible, so you will be able to regain normal function much quicker after your procedure is complete.

If you have a surgery coming up in the near future, don’t hesitate to contact HealthQuest Physical Therapy today to get started on a pre-hab plan! In order to gain the most benefits from pre-hab, it is best to get started as soon as possible. Contact our Southeast Michigan office today to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help you get back to your life quicker after your surgery!

Post-Surgical Rehab

Find Relief After Surgery with Post-Surgical Rehab

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Do you have an upcoming surgery? Are you concerned about the recovery? Are you wondering if you’ll bounce back stronger than you were before? If so, post-surgical rehab can help. At HealthQuest Physical Therapy, one of our Southeast Michigan physical therapists will design a treatment plan to best fit your needs, so you can maximize your outcomes and bounce back as quickly as possible from your surgical procedure. Contact us today to find out how!

When is surgery necessary?

When conservative treatment options for an injury or health condition fail to provide effective relief, many physicians will recommend surgical correction. Some common conditions that may lead to surgery include, but are not limited to:

  • ACL, MCL, and/or meniscus repairs
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Full or partial knee replacements
  • Total hip replacements
  • Heart surgery (ablations, stent placements, cardiac pacemakers, etc.)

The impact of these surgeries on your body should not be understated. Most surgeries incur at least some degree of pain, inflammation, mobility limitations, and swelling. To complicate matters, you likely were already experiencing pain and dysfunction prior to your operation!

To accommodate healing tissues and/or to avoid recurring dysfunction, it is likely that you will have to learn how to do certain things all over again, like walking and getting dressed. Our Southeast Michigan physical therapists can teach you how to perform tasks safely while following critical post-operative guidelines. These guidelines are often outlined by your surgeon and could include hip precautions, sternal precautions, spine precautions, non-weight bearing, etc.

Both pre- and post-surgical rehab are essential elements to successful outcomes. Any type of surgery can be considered a form of trauma and can affect the body differently. Even minor and uncomplicated surgical procedures can have a major impact on your health. Because of this, post-surgical rehab with a Southeast Michigan physical therapist is especially important, in order to make sure everything goes smoothly after your operation is done.

Individualized post-surgical rehab with a physical therapist not only minimizes your pain and accelerates your rate of healing, but it can also reduce the chances of postoperative complications, including infections, bleeding, blood clots, muscle weakness, scar tissue, decreased function, and other factors that can negatively impact your long-term health.

Another critical reason for electing post-surgical physical therapy is its ability to help you reduce or completely avoid prescription painkillers, including opioids. An opioid epidemic is currently gripping the country and impacting every socioeconomic class. According to the CDC, an estimated 115 people every day die from opioid overdose, and upwards of 29% of people prescribed opioids will end up misusing these dangerous drugs.

For this reason, the CDC advises people to choose physical therapy over prescription painkillers whenever possible.

Get started with post-surgical rehab today:

Whatever surgery you may be undergoing, physical therapy can help you regain your function once again. Our physical therapist will design you a personalized treatment plan that may include targeted exercises and stretches that will maximize your post-surgical recovery.

While pain-management drugs simply mask the pain, physical therapy helps resolve it at the source. This is done through specialized methods, techniques, and modalities, such as joint mobilizations, home exercise programs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and cold laser therapy.

Depending on the limitations your surgical operation brings, our physical therapists can provide you with tips on how to safely move around while you are recovering, such as how to get in and out of a car, go up and down the stairs, or put on your clothes. We can give you adaptive tools to compensate for reduced movement, while simultaneously working to restore your body’s normal range of movement as quickly as possible.

Part of your rehabilitation process will also include education on lifestyle and nutritional techniques that will help in optimizing your long-term health. This will help you avoid re-injury, recurrent surgeries, and prolonged downtime.

If you have an upcoming surgery, contact our Southeast Michigan physical therapy office today to see how we can help make your recovery process as smooth as possible. At HealthQuest Physical Therapy, we are here to set you up for post-operative success so you can get back on your feet faster!

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