After undergoing surgery, you may expect your lifestyle to be a lot like it was before surgery — but without the pain. In many ways, you are right, but returning to your everyday activities takes time. Being an active participant in the healing process can help you get there sooner and ensure a more successful outcome.
Even though you will be able to resume most activities, you may want to avoid doing things that place excessive stress on your injured area. Post-surgical rehabilitation can help you recover and improve your quality of life.
The Goals of Post-surgical Rehabilitation:
- To help patients achieve optimal functional outcomes after surgery.
- To educate patients and help them understand what to expect after surgery and establish a good plan for continuity of care.
- To create a well-planned program composed of a carefully progressed sequence of therapeutic exercises and functional training for optimal recovery.
What Condition is Treated via Rehabilitation?
- ACL reconstruction
- Joint replacement and repair
- Tendon release method
- Post-open reduction and internal fixation
- Prosthetic training after amputation
Phases of Recovery
Maximum Protection Phase
The first phase of the recovery process often ranges from 3-7 days to 4-6 weeks. This is the inflammatory or acute phase that requires extensive protection and caution. At this phase, treatment includes:
- Low-level stresses – assisted or passive ROM
- Isometric exercise to prevent excessive atrophy
- Physical agents for pain management and tissue healing
Controlled Motion Phase
After the acute phase, once the pain is minimal, bone and soft tissues regain functions, the treatment protocol focuses on restoring normal kinematics, strength and bodily function. This phase ranges from 4-6 weeks to 8-12 weeks and include:
- Neuromuscular exercises to increase efficiency, coordination and control of movement
- Physical agents for pain management and muscle re-education
Return to Function Phase
The last phase of the recovery process begins when the patient experiences minimal symptoms and the range of motion is almost normal. At this phase, treatment focuses on task-specific, functional activities for the individual patient and prevention of secondary complications. This phase lasts the longest ranging from 6-12 weeks to 6 months.
With the goal of helping our patient quickly recover and return to a normal life after a surgery, we combine technology, experience and therapeutic expertise to help you achieve peak wellness. Our certified chiropractors and professional staff will ensure your treatments are tailored specifically to your personal needs.
ACC has proudly served Vietnamese and Expatriates by providing quality health care for both treatment and prevention. Today, our clinics continue to offer the same sterling standard of customer service, chiropractic expertise, and commitment to health and wellness to all of our patients, no matter their age.
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