Most orthopedic surgeons will tell you that the most important part of recovery is physical therapy. The long term benefits of physical therapy after an orthopedic injury or surgery show that physical therapy is a necessary step for anyone who has been down for any period of time.
Range of Motion
The most common complaint from patients who have had any kind of injury or surgery is the fact that they can no longer move the way they did before. PT, or physical therapy, works to bring you back to your pre-injury form. These therapists are specially trained to know which exercises to do to get your muscles working the way they need to, without causing more damage.
Physical therapy treats your pain in a way that is healing and strengthening, which is ideal for any injury or surgery. PT teaches strengthening exercises and they also offer massage therapy and other treatments that provide stimulation to the muscles. This combined effort often offers substantial pain relief.
Knowing You Are Not Alone
At your PT appointments, you will be with others who have similar injuries. When you begin PT, you will be surrounded by people who are knowledgeable about your surgery or injury and encouraging to you so you can feel better as quickly as possible. Physical therapy is a supportive environment and this is sometimes exactly what you need to get back on track.
Virginia Orthopaedics encourages patients who have sustained an injury or recently had surgery to be diligent with their postoperative physical therapy. Physical therapy is uniquely tailored to the individual to target and strengthen the muscles around a joint or lower back to ultimately relieve stress and pain. Contact us today at (540) 404-4251 for an appointment or request an appointment online to get on the path to recovery.