Research shows that those who complete a period of pre-habilitation or physio prior to orthopaedic surgery (such as hip and knee replacements), have better outcomes and faster recovery than those who don’t.
Preparing for surgery is just as important as your recovery. But what exactly does this involve?
At MSSP, our pre-operative physiotherapy involves an assessment of your current strength, joint mobility and gait. This provides us with a baseline level so we can optimize your function after surgery. From here we can provide you with specific exercises to improve your strength and mobility as well as general conditioning prior to surgery. Surgery usually causes some muscle wasting and weakness. If you can maximise your strength and mobility prior to your surgery, you reduce the effects of muscle wasting, making the recovery process often easier and quicker. This means you can get walking faster and return to daily activities quicker.
Following hip and knee replacements you will require a walking aid such as crutches, a frame or walking stick. During pre-operative physiotherapy we familiarise you with the use of this, and provide you with advice as to which gait aid will be most appropriate for your specific needs.
Our physiotherapists also provide you with further information regarding your surgery, what the rehabilitation process involves, what to do immediately following your surgery, and how to avoid complications. Having all your questions answered puts your mind at ease, and ensures your recovery is an easy as possible, eliminating guess-work.
Our patients that have completed preoperative physiotherapy have accelerated recovery from surgeries such as hip and knee replacements, and often avoid the need for long periods of inpatient rehabilitation prior to coming home.
Once you return home, your post-operative physiotherapy is just as important. A structured exercise program based on your individual needs and surgeons protocol, will assist in reducing pain, restoring range of motion, improving strength, normalising walking patterns, and getting you back to doing the things you love. Best of all, we come to you; allowing you to complete your rehabilitation in your own home!
To find out more about how we can help with your pre and post operative rehabilitation give us a call today.