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Post Operative Physical Therapy

Post Operative Massage Therapy Seattle

Physical therapy and post operative massage therapy is vital for recovery after orthopedic surgery for several reasons –

  • It can help promote the healing of tissue and reduce swelling. This is necessary for a successful outcome and to reduce the chance of complications such as non-healing incisions, blood clots, and infections.
  • Physical therapy rehab is also very important for regaining joint mobility. The surgical process can result in tissue shortening and the formation of scar tissue, both of which can lead to joint stiffness and lack of movement.
  • Finally, rehab is imperative for regaining your full strength. Current research has shown that many people continue to lack full strength around a joint even many months after a surgery (https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article/89/10/1072/2737614). Because of this, addressing muscle weakness and loss of power post-op is very beneficial for a full recovery and return to normal activities.

It is important to progress post-surgical rehab following surgeon rehab protocols to make sure healing tissues are stressed correctly at the right time post-op. Our physical therapists will work closely with your surgeon to make sure your rehab is progressed appropriately for optimal healing and a speedy recovery.

Physical therapy rehab may be important following:

  • A joint replacement (shoulder/hip/knee/ankle)
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Labral repair
  • Achilles tendon repair
  • ACL reconstruction
  • Hip resurfacing
  • Other orthopedic surgeries

Our Seattle physical therapy clinic will make sure your post operative recovery is speedy and successful!