Physiotherapists are experts in rehabilitation and can improve health outcomes dramatically by assisting patients both pre-operatively and post-operatively. At Melbourne Physio Centre, we will work closely with your surgeon, understanding what procedure has taken place and when it is appropriate to commence rehabilitation. It is vital that you don’t wait too long post surgery to see your physiotherapist, thereby avoiding further weakness, stiffness and pain that may arise from prolonged periods of disuse.
Many patients also benefit from “pre-hab” – which is an exercise program set by your physiotherapist before surgery. This is designed to allow patients to commence rehabilitation after surgery from an advanced state of conditioning. We recommend our patients speak to their surgeon to see whether pre-hab is a suitable option for you.
On some occasions, your surgeon may recommend conservative treatment through physiotherapy with the goal of avoiding surgery entirely. Targeted exercise programs are set by our physiotherapist to help increase your range of motion and improve strength.