Gillitts, Kloof & Hillcrest practices
Physiotherapy post-surgery aims to help individuals recover after a surgical procedure. The ultimate goal of physiotherapy post-surgery is to help individuals return to their normal activities as quickly and safely as possible, while also preventing complications and reducing the risk of future injuries.
All types of surgeries can have a number of post-operative complications or consequences which can be prevented or helped through physiotherapy. Post surgery physiotherapy concentrates on rehabilitation to get your body to function and perform tasks optimally. A variety of surgical procedures can benefit from post surgical rehabilitation, such as orthopaedic, cardiac, thoracic, neurological and abdominal surgery. The type and extent of physiotherapy required after surgery will depend on the nature of the surgery and the specific needs of the patient.
Physiotherapy after Orthopaedic Surgery
Physiotherapy post orthopaedic surgery is a form of rehabilitation that focuses on helping individuals recover after orthopaedic surgery, which involves the musculoskeletal system, such as bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Orthopaedic surgeries may include joint replacement, ligament reconstruction, tendon repair, fracture repair and spinal surgeries. The goal of physiotherapy is to help patients regain strength, mobility and function in the affected area as quickly and safely as possible.
The physiotherapy treatment plan may include exercises, stretches, manual therapy, ultrasound and other techniques designed to help reduce pain, swelling, and stiffness, and improve range of motion, strength, stability and function in the affected area. The physiotherapist may also provide guidance on using assistive devices such as crutches, braces, or walkers, if necessary.
Working with a qualified physiotherapist can help ensure that you receive the appropriate treatment and support to help you achieve a full recovery after orthopaedic surgery.
Riley Physiotherapists can assist with rehabilitation after orthopaedic and other surgeries. All of the members of our team have experience working in hospitals and are knowledgeable about the rehabilitative needs after many varieties of surgeries. We are even able to start your rehabilitation before you have even been admitted to the hospital prior to your surgery! Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about what your rehabilitation may entail. Contact Us
Benefits of Post-surgical Physiotherapy
- Pain relief: Physiotherapy can help reduce pain and discomfort after surgery by using techniques such as manual therapy, ultrasound and various exercises.
- Improved range of motion: Orthopaedic surgery can often cause stiffness and limited range of motion in the affected area. Physiotherapy can help improve range of motion through exercises and stretches.
- Enhanced strength: Physiotherapy can help improve muscle strength and endurance in the affected area, which can help prevent future injuries and improve overall function.
- Quicker recovery: By improving pain, range of motion, and strength, physiotherapy can help speed up the recovery process after surgery.
- Improved balance and coordination: Orthopaedic surgery can sometimes affect balance and coordination. Physiotherapy can help improve these aspects by incorporating balance and coordination exercises.
- Prevention of complications: Physiotherapy can help prevent complications such as blood clots, chest infections, muscle weakness, and joint stiffness that can occur after surgery.
- Personalised treatment: Physiotherapy treatment is tailored to each individual’s specific needs and goals, ensuring that each patient receives personalised care.
In summary, physiotherapy after surgery can provide a range of benefits that can help patients recover more quickly, reduce pain, and improve overall function and quality of life.
When you should have Post-operative Physiotherapy
The timing of when to start physiotherapy after surgery can vary depending on the type and extent of the surgery, as well as the patient’s overall health and recovery progress.
In most cases, patients will begin physiotherapy within the first few days after surgery, while still in the hospital. This early intervention can help prevent complications such as blood clots, muscle weakness, and joint stiffness.
The physiotherapist will work with the patient to develop a personalized treatment plan, which may include gentle exercises, stretches, and manual therapy techniques. The focus of the initial physiotherapy sessions will be on reducing pain, swelling, and stiffness, and gradually increasing mobility and strength.
As the patient progresses in their recovery, the physiotherapy treatment plan may become more intensive, incorporating more challenging exercises and functional activities to help the patient return to their normal daily activities.
It is important to follow the physiotherapy treatment plan as prescribed by the physiotherapist to ensure the best possible outcomes after surgery. It is also important to communicate any concerns or changes in symptoms with the physiotherapist to ensure that the treatment plan is adjusted accordingly.
Price of Post-surgical Physiotherapy
The cost of physiotherapy following surgery will depend on your surgery, recovery and where you have physiotherapy.
We offer medical aid rates.
We can submit your account directly to your medical aid if you have treatment in hospital or at home.
How we can help
Riley Physiotherapists can assist with rehabilitation after surgery in the Hillcrest Private Hospital, at your own home, in nursing homes and in our practices at Gillitts, Kloof and Hillcrest. We are passionate about providing evidence-based physiotherapy in a kind and caring manner to assist our patients in their recovery.
How to Schedule and Appointment
MAIN BRANCH (GILLITTS):
The Gillitts Medical Centre, 15 Old Main Rd, Gillitts, 3610. Kwazulu Natal,
HILLCREST BRANCH (LE DOMAINE):
Le Domaine Health, Le Domaine Estate, 100 Acutts Drive, Hillcrest, 3610. Kwazula Natal, South Africa.
Juli-Ann Riley Physiotherapists, Femina Health, 75 Old Main Rd, Kloof 3610, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
Frequently asked questions about Physiotherapy Post-Surgery
1. What types of exercises will I do during physiotherapy after orthopaedic surgery?
The type of exercises will depend on the type of surgery and the patient’s individual needs. Exercises may include range-of-motion exercises, strength training exercises and functional exercises to help the patient return to their normal daily activities.
2. How long will I need physiotherapy after orthopaedic surgery?
The length of physiotherapy after orthopaedic surgery will vary depending on the type and extent of surgery, as well as the patient’s overall health and recovery progress. Typically, patients will need physiotherapy for several weeks to several months.
3. How soon after orthopaedic surgery can I start physiotherapy?
In most cases, patients will begin physiotherapy within the first few days after surgery while still in the hospital. However, the timing of when to start physiotherapy may vary depending on the type and extent of surgery, as well as the patient’s overall health and recovery progress.
4. Will I need to use assistive devices like crutches or walkers during physiotherapy after orthopaedic surgery?
Assistive devices like crutches or walkers may be necessary during the early stages of physiotherapy after orthopaedic surgery. The physiotherapist will work with the patient to determine if and when assistive devices are necessary and how to use them properly.
PLEASE NOTE: This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a health professional consultation. Anyone experiencing a medical condition or requiring physiotherapy should book an appointment with us for a complete assessment.
Le Domaine Health
Le Domaine Health, 100 Acutts Drive, Hillcrest, 3610, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Bookings: 031 355 0030
HOME & NURSING HOME VISITS:
All private homes in the upper Highway Nursing homes
including Rob Roy, Winston Park Rest Home, Waterfall Gardens & Le Domaine Care (and others)
Bookings: 031 764 2750