When Should I Start Physio When Having an Operation?
Written by Sarah Higgs
It’s best to start as early as you can prior to the operation and commence day one after surgery for the most optimal outcome to make a full recovery. You will get a big head start on your recovery the sooner you start physio prior to your surgery.
This is because you will come out with more muscle mass & strength, movement & mobility and function. Not only within your area of injury but we get you started with focusing on the joints and muscles above and below the injury that in a lot of cases get forgotten but super important for an early return to independence.
Why start physio on day one?
Day one is extremely important for both your recovery and state of mind! The earlier you start moving and getting the treatment you require the sooner you can get back to the things you love, the sports your missing and are able to return back to work sooner. It also has huge benefits on increasing confidence levels, self efficacy and overall happiness levels.
If you decide to wait to start physio, you might end up having an unnecessary prolonged journey to full function. It’s common to experience stiffness, delayed return to full range of motion, prolonged pain, muscle tightness & strength deficits and a decline in confidence and positive mind set – Which are all key areas we work hard to avoid.
What does physio look like day one after surgery?
Regardless of what surgery you have, day one is extremely important! Your journey begins in hospital and continues once your discharged. Each surgery has its own guidelines on what the first steps are for your physio treatment & where you need to get to before you leave hospital. These are normally set by a surgeon. Your physiotherapist will play a huge role in that.
After most surgeries it’s common and normal for you to feel quite sore, stiff and tight & in some cases generally unwell. This can mean that getting out of bed and starting to move around doesn’t feel like it’s high on your priority list. This is why a good physiotherapist will give you things to focus on which can often involve keeping other joints and areas of the body moving and will guide you on what is ok for you to do and what to avoid.
Why start physio prior to surgery?
Starting physio prior to surgery becomes a vital component of your recovery and progress after you are discharged from hospital and come home after surgery, in most cases its forgotten, ignored. or the patient wasn’t informed. Along with having less pain & discomfort, Its so important to ensure your body is at the very best condition entering surgery which in turn means your ahead of your recovery stages immediately post-surgery, which is a huge win! We start injury management and treatment straight after the initial injury and continue right up until the surgery.
Some elective surgeries also have pre-requisites prior to going in for surgery. Which, for example could be increased body strength or range of motion to be achieved before undergoing surgery.
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Please feel free to contact our team about how we help you with your recovery & give you piece of mind on how to move forward in the best way that’s the most convenient for you.