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Importance of Pre & post-surgery Physiotherapy

Pre-Surgery Rehabilitation

Pre-surgery rehabilitation allows patients to prepare for surgery and recover from surgery safely under the supervision of a physiotherapist. Physiotherapy before surgery helps reduce pain and inflammation. It improves joint mobility and range of motion to prepare patients for a more successful surgery . Pre-surgical rehabilitation is an individualized exercise conditioning program that trains the muscles in advance for the exercises they will need to do post-surgery. Pre-surgical rehabilitation helps patients to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, increase stamina, enhance overall fitness, restore range of motion and regain strength and flexibility in the joints and muscles near the injured area. Pre-surgical physiotherapy leads to faster recovery with better outcomes.   


Your Physiotherapist will provide you with the proper exercises and stretches so that you will be better prepared for after surgery, which will help speed up your recovery. After surgery, your therapist will perform an evaluation on your functional movements, range of motion, strength, and soft tissue quality. This involves conditioning the body through exercise. This step is just as important as rehabilitation after surgery. For instance, studies indicate that the knee’s functional ability post-surgery depends on its functional ability before the procedure.

Improving your strength and now can result in better outcomes after surgery. Some programs can help shorten the length of your hospital stay and reduce the need for post-operative rehabilitation. Your physical therapist will focus on several areas, including your strength, balance, flexibility, joint stability, cardiovascular fitness, and range of motion. Most pre-operative rehabilitation programs last four to six weeks depending on your needs.

Post-Surgery Rehabilitation

Post-surgical rehabilitation plays a crucial role in regaining pain-free function and early return to daily activities safely and more quickly. Post-operative physiotherapy safely helps patients back into their daily activity and regular exercise. A trained physiotherapists perform a thorough evaluation post-surgery and develop a customized treatment plan to minimize adverse effects from surgery and restore normal movement, flexibility, and function. Post-surgery rehabilitation helps patients to manage post-operative pain, regain motion and strength, decrease pain, stiffness, and swelling and return to their daily activities more quickly. Sometimes post-surgical rehabilitation can take several months and it is essential to begin physiotherapy shortly after surgery so that the joint can heal properly and minimize scar tissue development. Early physiotherapy following surgery will lead to a faster recovery.


After surgery, physiotherapist will show you how to get on and off a chair, use assistive devices, and improve your mobility. Your physiotherapist will teach you pain management strategies and create an exercise plan for faster recovery. Post-operative physical therapy can be a crucial part of returning back to your normal activity.

It is important to start a post-surgical rehabilitation plan as soon as your doctor states that you’re ready. The following are a few of the benefits of post-surgical physiotherapy.

  1. Improve Circulation– Improved circulation not only facilitates faster healing but reduces the chance of a blood clot forming. Something as simple as massage can improve circulation. Many types of basic exercises and simple movements prescribed by a physiotherapist can promote increased blood circulation.

  2. Reduce Pain and Swelling– The right type of post-surgical treatment can help reduce the amount of pain and swelling you experience after your surgery. Icing and ultrasound are both techniques a physiotherapist may use to reduce localized swelling and pain. According to PT in Motion News, patients that received the same day, post-operative physiotherapy needed fewer opioids after knee surgery.

  3. Regain Lost Strength– The more quickly you regain strength and stamina, the more quickly you’ll get back to your daily routine. A physiotherapy program can be designed to target the specific areas in your body that need strengthened after surgery.

Types of care YOU will receive from The Midas touch physiotherapists include:

  1. Range of motion exercises to keep joints mobile

  2. Strengthening exercises

  3. Movements in & out of bed & onto different types of chairs

  4. Gait training, including stairs

  5. Self-care techniques for bathing, dressing & more

  6. Getting in & out of cars

  7. Home exercise program

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