Post surgical rehabilitation may be necessary for a variety of surgical procedures including orthopedic, cardiac, thoracic, neurological and abdominal surgery.
Physiotherapy after surgery should begin immediately in hospital; however it is important that once a patient has been discharged they should continue physiotherapy to achieve the best possible recovery. Physiotherapists help in carrying out a range of exercises to strengthen and mobilize any affected joints and muscles and this will also help to improve circulatory or respiratory problems that may have developed in hospital.
Other benefits include:
Effective management of pain
Helping in return to activities of daily living
Strengthening of weak muscles
Stretching of muscles that may have become stiff
Reduce any anxiety and regaining confidence
Mobilisation exercises to improve circulation and range of movement
Help clear any secretions, improve lung volumes and prevent chest infections
Advise on effective positioning to increase comfort and reduce the risk of pressure sores