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The Importance of Physical Therapy After Surgery

Surgery can be stressful for many reasons. The time off work and away from your everyday tasks can take its toll, but physical therapy can help. Physical therapy after surgery is important for many reasons including:

  • Restoring normal movement
  • Building strength
  • Easing pain
  • Reduce risk of blood clots

Range of Motion

After surgery, your joint may be stiff or swollen. Physical therapy will help you restore normal movement in your joints and help to build strength in the joint and surrounding muscles. As you use physical therapy to steadily improve range of motion, you will be able to return to work and other normal activities more quickly.

Easing Pain

In the days and weeks following surgery, you may feel pain and discomfort in the joint and surrounding area. Physical therapy after surgery can help ease pain and swelling. Just small amounts of rehabilitation at home or with a physical therapist can help with pain and reduce your dependency on pain medications.

Improve Circulation

Your mobility may be limited after surgery. Physical therapy helps you move the joint and your limbs, which improves your circulation. When you move the affected area and increase blood flow, you help reduce your risk of complications such as blood clots. To learn more about physical therapy and how it can help you after surgery, call Alabama Bone & Joint Clinic in Pelham.

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