Post-Surgical & Joint Reconstruction

  • Post-Surgical


    Surgeons routinely refer post-surgical patients to our physical therapists to help them recover strength, function and mobility.

    Our therapists provide one-on-one, evidence-based physical therapy treatment sessions to help facilitate your recovery and return to activities of daily living (ADLs), work, recreational activities and even competitive sports.

    The rehabilitative process depends on the injury and type of surgery. We help patients recover and rehabilitate from a variety of orthopedic post-operative procedures, including:

    • Knee, hip and shoulder joint replacements
    • Reconstruction of any one or more of the four major knee ligaments: anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), and lateral collateral ligament (LCL)
    • Arthroscopic knee surgeries (such as meniscectomies, meniscal repairs)
    • Ligament and tendon repair, including Achilles tendon repairs
    • Arthroscopic hip surgeries (such as labral repairs)
    • Nerve releases (such as cubital tunnel, radial tunnel, carpal tunnel, tarsal tunnel)
    • Neck and back surgery (such as fusions, laminectomy, decompression and discectomy)
    • Nerve compression release
    • Bone or joint fusion (arthrodesis)
    • Tendon transfers
    • Surgical fixation of fractures, including open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF), a two-part surgery used to fix broken bones where the broken bone is reduced (put back into place) and an internal fixation device is placed on the bone (e.g., screws, plates, rods or pins) to hold the bone together
    • Shoulder post-surgical recovery for rotator cuff tears, labral tears, superior labrum anterior and posterior (SLAP) tear or lesion, arthroscopy and more

    Some of the therapies used to accomplish the goal of regaining movement and reducing pain, swelling and stiffness may include one or more of the following:

    • Manual therapy
    • Soft tissue and/or joint mobilization
    • Muscle energy
    • Gait and balance training
    • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) - electrical muscle & nerve stimulation
    • Therapeutic exercise and functional strength training
    • Ultrasound
    • Functional re-education
    • Rehabilitative exercises to help increase strength, endurance, motion, balance and coordination
  • Joint Reconstruction

    Spine and joint reconstruction are complex surgeries often requiring several months of physical rehabilitation. At one time, post-surgery patients were put on bed rest, which brought about unwanted effects, such as physical deconditioning and obstructed circulation. Now, physical therapy is often prescribed for post-op patients because it facilitates faster recovery and a shorter road to independence.

    After your surgery, you are matched with a physical therapy program that aligns your particular surgery with the most appropriate treatment. This will include:

    • A comprehensive assessment of your musculoskeletal health and surgical rehabilitation needs.
    • A personalized plan of care in accordance with your surgical procedure, age, specific goals, your current level of fitness and/or any medical condition you may have.

    Once your treatment plan is developed, our therapists will then provide one-on-one, evidence-based physical therapy treatment sessions to expedite your recovery and return to your normal activities.

    We work with patients who have had:

    • Cervical/Lumbar Fusion
    • Joint Fusion
    • Partial and Total Joint Replacements (e.g., shoulder, elbow or knee replacements)

    We offer a comfortable, clean, safe and relaxed environment where you can receive the attention and individualized care that promotes physical rehabilitation and healing so you can recover your strength, function and mobility. Our friendly and caring staff will provide you with the support, guidance and encouragement needed to achieve your goals through structured, supervised appointments and documented progress during each appointment. We also provide you with the important tools and resources to better understand your surgery and physical rehabilitation treatment program.

    Together, with your surgical and rehabilitation team of healthcare professionals, we will help you determine short and long-term goals that are optimistic and achievable.