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What is Post-operative Physiotherapy?

  • Post-operative physiotherapy is a specialised branch of physiotherapy that focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients who have undergone surgery. The main goal of post-operative physiotherapy is to facilitate the patient's recovery and rehabilitation process after surgery, and to help them regain their physical function as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Post-operative physiotherapists work closely with surgeons and other healthcare professionals to develop individualised treatment plans for their patients. They may use a variety of techniques to help patients manage their pain, reduce swelling and inflammation, and restore their range of motion and strength. These techniques may include manual therapy, exercise prescription, and modalities such as heat, ice, and electrical stimulation.
  • In addition to providing treatment, post-operative physiotherapists also focus on patient education. They may provide information on post-operative care and precautions, such as proper wound care, positioning, and mobility restrictions. They may also provide education on exercises and other activities that can help speed up the recovery process and prevent complications.
  • Post-operative physiotherapy may be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including joint replacement surgeries, spinal surgeries, and surgeries for sports injuries. By providing specialised care and education, post-operative physiotherapists help patients recover from surgery, manage their pain, and regain their physical function and independence.


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