Benefits of physiotherapy before and after surgery

Your body can go through a great deal through injury and as a result of surgery so it’s important to take proper care of it. While many people appreciate that physiotherapy post-surgery can help your body recover, it can also be used to help your body pre surgery. 

In this post, we discuss physiotherapy in Twickenham and share how it can benefit your body before and after a surgical procedure. 

Please bear in mind that although the information and tips in this blog are helpful when preparing for and recovering from surgery, for specific advice and guidance, please contact a physiotherapist for a professional assessment.

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy can involve hands-on treatment used to restore, maintain and enhance your body’s movement, wellbeing and function. To accomplish this, we use a range of techniques such as manipulation, mobilisation, muscle energy and soft tissue techniques. 

During your assessment , we’ll ask you questions about your lifestyle and medical history. We’ll assess your current condition and establish your specific needs and goals in conjunction with any guidance/protocols from the surgical team. 

Gaining a better understanding of your story will help us create a plan to reach your goals, as well as prescribe specific exercises or any necessary assistive devices. Our goal is to help you reduce pain, recover movement and get back to doing what you love as quickly as possible. 

How can physiotherapy help before surgery

Physiotherapy before surgery focuses on getting your muscles and other tissues in good shape through a programme of exercises. This is also known as pre-habilitation or pre-hab, and reduces the risk of complications following your surgery and increases the chances of better outcomes. 

How can physiotherapy help after surgery

After surgery, we understand that you want to get back to your usual activities as quickly as possible. Physiotherapy is designed to do exactly this by improving the strength, range of motion and function of the area of your body on which you’ve had surgery. 

Recovering from surgery takes time, effort and patience, but our experienced physiotherapists will be there to support you throughout your recovery journey. 

Your unique healing journey 

Recovery from surgery is not a one size fits all solution. How your recovery journey looks can vary greatly from one person to the next, depending on your specific surgery, general health and any complications. 

While this blog is a general guide on what to expect pre- and post-surgery, our expert team of physiotherapists is happy to discuss your unique health needs and recovery goals so that a bespoke care plan can be put in place. 

Get in touch

If you are preparing for or recovering from surgery and think you would benefit from our physiotherapy services, we are here to help. Please give us a call on 020 8898 1231 to speak to one of our professional physiotherapists.