Getting Back in the Swing of Things
Nowadays, physical and occupational therapists plan your rehabilitation long before your surgery even occurs.
"Before the procedure, we visit patients in their home to help them get better prepared," says Eileen Dobbins of Fayette Home Care and Hospice. "We offer guidance about preparing their homes and themselves, including any special equipment that might be needed, and any safety issues that might arise."
After surgery, the rehabilitation process often begins immediately. "Even in the recovery room," remarks Dobbins, "patients may be encouraged to begin their exercises."
By the evening of, or the day after, hip reconstruction, staff at the hospital may help the patient get up and walk around a little bit. Shoulder surgeries or knee surgeries such as ACL reconstruction may require a week or two of immobility. But in all cases, being diligent about therapy is critical to recovery.
"When patients participate responsibly in their therapy," says Dobbins, "they have the best chance of recovering fully and resuming their normal activities without pain."Return to LEARN MORE