Post-Op Rehab

Post-Op Rehab

A treatment option for chronic pain or muscle dysfunction.

Recovering from surgery can be a challenging and overwhelming process, but with the right guidance and support, you can get back to feeling like yourself again. 

Preparing for post-op rehab

Before diving into the specifics of post-op rehab, let’s talk about what you can do to prepare yourself for the process. Firstly, make sure you have a clear understanding of what post-op rehab entails, and what you can expect from the recovery process. This could include discussing any potential complications or risks with your surgeon, as well as the expected timeline for your recovery. In our experience this is often the most overlooked part of the whole process.  

By performing your pre-rehab exercises prior to your procedure, it will help prepare your body for the work ahead. Your physiotherapist can guide you on the specific exercises that are right for you.

Post-op rehab exercises

Now let’s talk about the exercises you can expect to do during your post-op rehab. Depending on the type of surgery you had, your rehab exercises may focus on improving range of motion, strengthening specific muscles, or increasing endurance. 

Your physiotherapist will design a rehab program specifically tailored to your needs, based on the type of surgery you had and your current level of fitness.  We will get in touch with your surgeon to see what approach they recommend.

Managing pain and discomfort 

Pain and discomfort are common during the post-op rehab process, but there are strategies you can use to manage these symptoms. Your physiotherapist may recommend ice or heat therapy, massage, or specific stretching exercises to help relieve pain and discomfort.   

In some cases, pain medication may be necessary to manage more severe symptoms. Your doctor can advise you on the appropriate medications and dosages to take. 

Coping with emotions

Recovering from surgery can be emotionally challenging, and it’s normal to experience a range of emotions during the post-op rehab process. You may feel frustrated, anxious, or even down at times. 

Remember that these feelings are normal, and it’s important to be kind to yourself during this time. You can also seek support from friends, family, or a therapist if needed.

Why you should consider post-op rehab with Health Collab

Post-op rehab can be a challenging process, but with the right guidance and support, you can recover from surgery and get back to doing the things you love. Remember to take things one day at a time, listen to your body, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. 

If you have any questions about post-op rehab or would like to schedule an appointment with a physiotherapist, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to support you on your journey to recovery.

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