“Medicine adds days to life. Physical Therapy adds life to days.” This unattributed quote speaks to the importance of Physical Therapy and how it improves the daily quality of life. The very definition of Physical Therapy uses the words maintain, restore, promote, and function. Here at Suburban Orthopaedics, the goal of Physical Therapy is to provide skilled care to help you live your best life.
Physical Therapy Before Surgery
Research from The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery shows that the use of preoperative Physical Therapy was associated with a 29% reduction in post-acute care. That means patients cannot only enjoy a faster recovery, but also an average savings of nearly $1000!
During pre-operative Physical Therapy, our goal is to help you maintain your current level of function, build muscle to improve recovery time, and educate you on what to expect after surgery. This may include exercises to perform at home before your doctor gives you the clearance to return to Physical Therapy sessions.
Physical Therapy as an Option Instead of Surgery
The idea of having an operation can be overwhelming and scary. Early intervention in the form of Physical Therapy to treat sprains, strains, and small tears can help prevent you from having to make that choice. With certain injuries, conservative treatment through the use of Physical Therapy may give your body the time it needs to heal and allow you to avoid an invasive surgical procedure. Our goal is to create a plan of care specific to you, designed to regain and restore pain-free movement, and return you to the overall health you were experiencing prior to the injury.
Physical Therapy Following Surgery
The road to recovery can be rough, but you do not have to do it alone. Physical Therapy can help address the initial pain, swelling, and restrictions experienced during your daily activities that often occur immediately after an operation. Physical Therapy assists with getting you moving safely through the first stages of your recovery, while providing confidence knowing you are headed in the right direction toward your goals. Every recovery is different, and Physical Therapy is a necessary tool to help you regain mobility, balance, and the overall function needed to provide you with a better quality of life.
Whether prior to surgery, trying to avoid surgery, or as part of your post-operative care, skilled Physical Therapy provided by one of our Physical Therapists or Physical Therapist Assistants is an integral part of helping you get back to the lifestyle you enjoyed before your injury.
We invite you to learn more about Suburban Orthopaedics and Suburban Physical Therapy on our website. To schedule an appointment at one of our many locations, please contact us.