The Physical Therapists at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation typically work closely with our Medical Doctor to create and implement rehabilitation programs for post-surgical patients. Physical therapy after surgery can help patients maximize recovery and minimize future pain-related issues.
Regaining muscle function and strength is an important component in the post-surgical recovery process. Back pain, for example, is often the result of weak muscles that negatively affect the functioning of the spine and joints.
Physical therapy for post-surgical rehabilitation and pain management may include the following treatments:
• Therapeutic Exercise helps build the body’s flexibility, stability, range of motion, and strength.
• Heat Therapy increases circulation to affected areas, which enhances the flow of oxygen and nutrients in order to speed healing. Cold Therapy slows circulation in order to reduce inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms. Treatment often involves alternating between the two extremes.
• Electrotherapy is helpful in reducing pain, edema (swelling), muscle spasms, and muscle weakness.
• Spinal Decompression Traction reduces pain and helps the body to heal by removing pressure on the nerves.
• Ultrasound works by reaching deep into muscle tissues with sound waves to boost circulation, thereby speeding up the healing process. This technique alleviates pain, cramping, stiffness, and muscle spasms.
• Low Level Laser Therapy speeds up cellular production for faster healing. This therapy also works to prevent the formation of scar tissue.