Knowing what to expect following your surgery makes your recovery a lot easier. The correct exercises and activities will contribute to excellent outcomes. One preoperative visit to educate the patient in post operative exercises, the correct way of getting in and out of bed or the chair, from the toilet, in and out of the car, up and down stairs and use of the appropriate walking aid has shown to decrease and in some cases avoid nursing home stays.
If you are scheduled for surgery to the spine, joint replacement or rotator cuff repair you will benefit from pre operative instruction.
Following spine surgeries: laminectomies, foraminotomies, decompressions, fusions and disc replacements it is important to receive the correct physical therapy so as to not compromise the outcome of the surgery.
Treatments include: Education in correct posture and body mechanics to enable healing of the surgery. Manual therapy and modalities for pain and swelling. Scar tissue and neural mobilization. Core and postural strengthening exercises.