post surgical rehab Lexington KY

Post-Surgical Rehab

Carinne R.

In less than 4 weeks I am SIGNIFICANTLY better and it's all because they truly care about your progress here and are super knowledgeable.

Patricia F.

I have been to other physical therapists and none compare to the owners Ron, Estee and their staff at Advantage Physical Therapy. They helped me with my lower back after a rhizotomy. They are knowledgeable, professional and personable. They treat you like family. I definitely will go to them for all of my physical therapy needs.

Bernadette D.

I am very happy to report that within a month of treatment I felt some immediate improvement and was able to increase my exercise level by at least 50 percent without increased pain. I loved walking and gradually running on the treadmill in the pool and doing my exercises in the water along with dry needling. By three months of treatment, I was pain-free and had a greater range of mobility.

Myrna D.

I first came to Estee for rehab after shoulder surgery. She did an amazing job! After the second shoulder surgery and subsequent rehabilitation with Estee, I progressed wonderfully! I had neck pain from a significant multi-level cervical fusion, and after one session of dry needling, I was pain-free. Now I‘m a patient for life!

Peggy B.

Many years ago I was told by my doctor after having rotator cuff surgery that I was to go for PT and that I should be under Estee Saylor’s supervision. My experience was great and to this day I have to remember which shoulder it was that I had surgery and PT on.

Speed Up Your Recovery Time with Post-Surgical Rehab

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 Advantage Osteopractic Physical Therapy, one of our Lexington, KY 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!

Post-surgical rehab at Advantage Osteopractic Physical Therapy

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.

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.

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.

Rehab after necessary surgeries

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:

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

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 Lexington, KY 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 Lexington, KY 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 on your post-surgical rehab plan today

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