Post Surgery Rehabilitation Miami


Semper Physical Therapy is proud to offer post surgery rehabilitation Miami. Patients recovering from a surgical procedure of the knee, hip, back, and shoulders should immediately begin post-surgery physical therapy Miami as it is vital in maximizing the results of the procedure and regaining mobility. Physical Therapy works to restore strength, mobility, range of and range of motion in patients in the post-operative phase of treatment and can facilitate to the return to the patients normal every day activities.

Rehabilitation after an operation is important in order to promote healing and aid the body’s natural self-healing process. Post-surgery rehabilitation can minimize the formation of scar tissue and retrain muscles after major surgeries. Surgeons and physical therapists work hand in hand; the surgical team works hard to repair an injury and physical therapists are experts in improving movement and restoring function to the body.

Physical therapy is especially crucial to patients who have undergone surgeries to the lower half of the body, such as the hip and knees. Whether the patient’s goal is to return to gentle movements like squatting to pick something up off the ground or work in their gardens, or athletes anxious to return to vigorous exercise and competition, Semper Physical Therapy works hard to develop a treatment plan which addresses each step of the healing process.

Post-operative physical therapy and healing times are directly related. By following a comprehensive post surgery rehabilitation plan, patients are able to return home from the hospital sooner, and ultimately get back to life much sooner.

Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement therapy may be recommended to patients suffering from loss of mobility due to pain and stiff ness in the knee, as well as patients over age 50 who is suffering from osteoarthritis, who are no longer responding to less invasive treatment options. With the number of knee replacement procedures being performed in the United States doubling over the last 16 years, it is important to understand the procedure. Seen as a last resort, knee replacement surgery involves cutting away at the damaged bones and cartilage of the knee and replacing them with a prosthetic joint comprised of plastic and metal. People who have suffered from pain and immobility for years are able to miraculously walk out of the hospital in the days following surgery. In the weeks after knee replacement surgery, patients may experience severe pain, especially younger female patients.

Knee Replacement Recovery

At Semper Physical Therapy OUR Knee Replacement Recovery rehabilitation is focused on getting our patients up and walking as quickly as possible. Balancing walking exercises with gentle range of motion exercises, massages and stretches enables our patients to get off their pain medications sooner, and allows the body to become adjusted to the new knee faster.

Patients who adhere to their physical therapy program are more likely to recover sooner and regain their mobility following a knee replacement. Following up with ice to reduce swelling in the weeks after surgery, as well as completing the at home exercise program can shorten the recovery time after knee replacement surgery.

Patients who were in overall good health before surgery can expect to recover sooner, while those we are overweight or elderly may see slightly longer recovery times.

Knee Replacement Recovery

Hip Replacement

Often thought to be performed solely on the elderly, younger patients may also under go hip replacement surgery when they suffer certain degenerative conditions. The purpose of hip replacement surgery is to remove the malfunctioning hip joint and replacing it with a new one made of metal and plastic. Often seen as a last resort when all other treatment options are exhausted, patient’s often leave the hospital immediately relived of pain despite the swelling.

During surgery the thigh bone is cut where it meets the hip joint. The hip joint is removed and the new prosthetic is secured to the thigh bone with surgical cement or adhesive which allows the bone to attach itself as it heals. Damaged cartilage tissue is also removed, and the other end of the prosthetic joint is inserted into the “socket” of the patient’s hip. Muscles are then reattached and the surgery is concluded. Some patients may leave the hospital with drains, and an eight inch scar along the side of their hip. Some surgeons may use two smaller incisions in order to reduce the chance of bleeding and pain after the procedure. Although physical therapy usually begins the day after hip replacement surgery, patients can expect to be hospitalized for a few weeks after surgery.

Hip Replacement Recovery

For the year following surgery it is recommended that patients refrain from pivoting the leg carrying the new hip, crossing their legs, bending in any direction, or squatting. Semper Physical Therapy works with patients to gradually reintroduce mobility using techniques and responsive equipment. Hip replacement recovery can take between one and six months; with patients generally being able to walk around their home without aid or taking a rest. The patient’s condition prior to surgery will play a role in their recovery time and will determine whether they are released to a rehabilitation center or be able to go home and attend out-patient physical therapy.

Upon release from the hospital, hip replacement patients will have a prescription for medication in order to manage pain, as well as a device to aid walking, such as a walker or cane. At first it will be quite painful to put weight on the leg, which is where the staff at Semper Physical Therapy comes in.

Hip Therapy

At Semper Physical Therapy we create a comprehensive plan for rehabilitation based on your surgeon’s post-operative instructions. We immediately work with each patient to ensure they are able to perform simple every day activities such as getting in and out of bed, sit and stand, and walk with assistance.

In the weeks after surgery, we then begin to gently implement range of motion exercises and stretches geared towards getting the hip and leg muscles used to the new prosthetic and to ensure the patient heals correctly. As time progresses, we can begin to incorporate strengthening exercises to improve walking and to restore balance. Semper Physical Therapy works with each patient based on their progress to ensure they regain as much mobility as possible after surgery without the need for pain medication.

Shoulder Surgery

The shoulder, when in perfect working condition has the largest range of motion in the human body. Shoulder surgery, whether a simple repair, or a full replacement, is always a delicate procedure. Total shoulder replacement surgery involves replacing all or part of the shoulder joint with a prosthetic. Shoulder surgery is performed on patients suffering from severe pain and loss of mobility to their shoulder due to conditions such as osteoarthritis, severe break of bones or tissues of the shoulder, tumors affecting the area, or severe rheumatoid arthritis, among others. Shoulder surgery is always a last resort once all other methods are exhausted.

Common shoulder injuries include shoulder trauma or dislocation due to injury, rotator cuff injuries, chronic tendinitis, and many others. Not all shoulder surgery requires full replacement, with surgeons being able to repaid damaged or degenerated shoulder joints.

Shoulder Surgery Recovery

Most shoulder surgery patients come out of their procedures with a morphine pump so the patient has full control over their pain medications. During shoulder surgery recovery in the hospital, patients are also given intravenous antibiotics in order to prevent infections. Patients are switched over to oral pain medication for pain management once they are set to go home. Shoulder surgery patients can expect to be hospitalized for about 3 days after their surgery, during which they will likely receive in hospital physical therapy in order to prevent the muscles surrounding the affected area from becoming stiff and immobile. Patients are usually sent home with detailed instructions one what they can and can’t do. Most patients leave the hospital with the affected arm immobilized in a sling for a minimum of two weeks, and are given instructions to attend outpatient physical therapy rehabilitation.

Shoulder Therapy

Once patients are cleared by their surgeon to enter the rehabilitation phase of treatment, the professionals at Semper Physical Therapy work to gently reintroduce motion to the shoulder and the surrounding muscles. As the patients progresses and improves, we may introduce exercises to strengthen the area and prevent reinjury. The majority of shoulder surgery patients can expect to have limitations set on the kinds of movements and amount of weight they are allowed to carry with the affected arm for the six months following their procedure. Semper Physical Therapy’s rehabilitation programs take advantage of the time a patient is immobile to teach the patient a new way to move their new shoulder, to promote maximum mobility and flexibility.

Post Surgery Rehabilitation Miami

Post surgery rehabilitation Miami greatly impacts the outcome of delicate procedures of the neck, knee, back, hip and shoulder. Patients who work with the physical therapist, and are actively engaged and invested in their own recovery consistently see better, faster results from their post surgery rehabilitation Miami. A positive attitude towards the recovery plan outlined by your physical therapy will facilitate the body’s recovery. In some instances, surgeons may prescribe a few physical therapy sessions in the weeks leading up to surgery to ensure a smooth post surgery rehabilitation Miami. At Semper Physical Therapy, we know how to advance the pain and mobility management technique in a manner that prevents further injuries and delayed recovery times, so that the patient can successfully return to their lifestyle.

Whether you or a loved one is in a situation where they may need knee replacement, hip replacement, or other surgeries which impact mobility, contact Semper Physical Therapy and schedule a consultation to ensure the procedure is a success.


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