Having arthroscopic surgery to repair ligaments and correct joint problems reduces the risk of infection from open surgery and reduces the patient’s recovery time, but it does not eliminate the need for physical therapy treatment. Many patients believe that the solution to their knee, hip, shoulder, or elbow problem is to have surgery. Period.
They believe that having the surgery is the end of their road to a full recovery where they can enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle again. However, arthroscopic surgery to relieve joint pain is only one step on that road to recovery because following your surgery you are going to be sore, stiff, and swollen.
You’ll have difficulty moving around and performing basic daily tasks like walking to your mailbox, driving your car or opening a jar of pickles. Your muscles will need to be retrained, exercised, and strengthened properly so you can avoid post-operative complications.
Plus, there are the original physical causes that may have contributed to your needing the arthroscopic surgery in the first place – lack of flexibility, lack of strength, lack of mobility. Requiring a second joint surgery is relatively rare but is possible if the correct steps are not taken following the original surgery.
Starting a physical therapy routine as soon after your surgery as recommended by your surgeon will help you recover quicker and with greater results. Just imagine a year after your surgery being in better physical shape than you were a year before your surgery. Wouldn’t that be a sign of a full recovery?
Remember, to see a physical therapist, you do NOT need to first see your PCP and receive a referral (unless your specific insurance dictates it). You have the right to see any PT you choose for treatment of your pain and injuries. Feel free to call our office and we can help you determine if a PCP referral is needed. (401) 384-6490
You want to work with the best physical therapist that you can find because your recovery time and results depend on that person’s clinical expertise.
At Specialized Orthopedic Physical Therapy, you will only ever work with a licensed, certified PT who will work with you from your initial clinical consultation to your full recovery. You’ll never be attended by a PT Assistant and you will never be bounced around among the staff. Your full recovery is our top priority.
“My daughter has been going for PT after ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair. Excellent clinic with a very friendly, supportive atmosphere. Best decision we could have made after surgery.”