The importance of physiotherapy and rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery

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The importance of physiotherapy and rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery

Dr. Hasan Molaali from the Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Department of Gaziosmanpaşa Hospital of Yeni Yüzyıl University explained the importance of “physiotherapy and rehabilitation after orthopedic surgeries”.

While operations related to the bones, muscles and nerves of the body are performed by orthopedic and traumatologist doctors, the postoperative rehabilitation process is planned by physiotherapy and rehabilitation doctors. Rehabilitation after orthopedic surgeries plays an important role in the individual’s autonomous return to daily activities, so the postoperative period is as important as the surgeries. Indeed, the rehabilitation started before the operation strengthens the muscles as much as possible and facilitates the post-operative rehabilitation process.

What are the most common orthopedic surgeries?

  • Hand surgery and microsurgery
  • Shoulder and elbow surgery
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Arthroplasty surgery (Joint prostheses)
  • Spine surgery
  • orthopedic oncology
  • Pediatric orthopedics and traumatology

Why is it important to apply physiotherapy and rehabilitation after surgery?

All physiotherapy and rehabilitation methods applied after surgery help patients feel better physically and psychologically. Complications that may develop after the operation are reduced. The process of returning to mobility and activities of daily living is accelerated. Thanks to the improvement of the operated area, patients can adapt more quickly to their daily work. It may be easier for patients and their loved ones to move from the psychology of surgery to the psychology of recovery.

What methods are used in orthopedic rehabilitation?

  • Personalized exercise program
  • proprioceptive training
  • Electrotherapy agents (analgesic and muscle strengthening electrical currents)
  • Hot and cold application
  • Shallow and deep heaters
  • medical massage
  • Taping methods in kinesiology
  • CPM (Devices that apply continuous passive motion)

Here are some of the methods we apply in orthopedic rehabilitation.

How long does the orthopedic rehabilitation process take?

The rehabilitation program can last more or less depending on the surgical method applied to the patient, the clinical condition of the patient and the results of the evaluation, generally between 10 days and 2 months.

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