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What is Post-Surgical Rehabilitation?

Post-surgical rehabilitation is the process of improving joint and muscle functions after surgery. Rehabilitation is an ongoing process, and the time required for recovery will vary from person to person. Working with a physical therapist like the ones at Moriarty Physical Therapy can decrease the total recovery time and improve your results. We have the skill and experience to help heal the Raleigh community members.

Benefits of Physical Therapy After Surgery

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Post-surgical rehabilitation can have many immediate and long-term benefits. Rehabilitation physical therapy can help reduce the pain and swelling after surgery. This can help reduce the length of time that pain medication is needed and also the amount of medication that a patient needs to take to manage their pain.

Over the long term, post-surgical rehabilitation can help you improve your mobility and range of motion through manual techniques and strength and mobility exercises. Without proper rehabilitation, you might not regain full mobility and strength in the affected area. You may also be more susceptible to re-injury.

As your trusted experts in post-surgery physical therapy, we are knowledgeable about surgical procedures and how the body reacts to surgeries. We work closely with you and your surgeon to build a custom plan for optimal recovery so you can have a higher quality of life. There are several benefits to engaging in physical therapy after surgery:

#1 – Maintaining Mobility and Stability

As part of your physical therapy routine, we always work on joint mobility, muscle strengthening, and stability. This helps improve your overall range of motion. We also teach you a variety of techniques that you can perform on your own at home to reinforce the treatment provided by your physical therapist.

#2 – Strengthening Your Core

Core flexibility and strengthening are the pillars of any physical therapy. Think of your core as the major foundation of your body upon which everything else is built. Those with weak core strength are almost always more prone to injury.

#3 – Effectively Healing Scar Tissue

One of the most common things that people deal with post-surgery is scar tissue in the area where they had surgery. Scar tissue buildup can significantly slow down the recovery process and make your joints/muscles feel stiff.

#4 – It encourages you to move

One of the most significant benefits of physical therapy after a surgical procedure is getting you up and moving instead of being stationary. This is good for your muscles and joints; it is good from a circulation point of view – allowing for increased circulation to the surgery location/area, which speeds healing.

#5 – Physical therapists can offer professional guidance

Our physical therapists offer up professional guidance for appropriate exercises given the type of surgical procedure you may have had. This helps ensure that no one person overdoes it post-surgery.

#6 – We work with your care team

Another added benefit of working with physical therapists after surgery is that our team collaborates and provides valuable feedback to your physician/provider on your progress. 

Types of Post-Surgical Physical Therapy

Orthopedic physical therapy treats bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. At Moriarty Physical Therapy, our doctors are trained in all post-surgical orthopedic physical therapy areas, including neurological PT and sports injury and rehabilitation, and can customize a treatment for your body and type of surgery.

Members of the Raleigh, North Carolina community can trust that we will provide the highest quality services for any post-surgical physical therapy. Some of the areas of post-surgical physical therapy we specialize in include:

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Getting started with Moriarty Physical Therapy is easy. When you contact one of our doctors, we can set up an appointment within 24 hours. You don’t need a prescription to visit us, and we take all forms of insurance, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medicare, and Medicaid. We are open late until 7:30 Monday-Friday.

We also offer a wide variety of other physical therapy services for Raleigh, North Carolina, Community members. If you have any questions or want to get started, contact us today. We look forward to working with you throughout your healing process.

Schedule a FREE 15-minute Exploration Visit

Come visit one of our physical therapy clinics in New York or North Carolina and one of our Doctors of Physical Therapy will do a 15-minute consultation to see if physical therapy is right for you. In the consultation, we’ll help determine the source of pain and movement restrictions to see if you would benefit from physical therapy or might need the assistance of another healthcare professional. If so, we’ll make a referral and help speed up achieving your health goal.

You have nothing to lose; the screening is free! And if physical therapy could help you, we can perform the examination right then–even without a prescription–with Direct Access (covered by insurance).

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