Pre & Post-Operative Rehabilitation

Our physiotherapists are experienced in both the inpatient and outpatient management and rehabilitation of a wide range of surgical cases, including but not limited to:

  • Joint Replacements – knee, hip, ankle and shoulder
  • Arthroscopies – knee, hip, ankle, shoulder and other joints
  • Ligament and Tendon Reconstructions including Rotator Cuff Repairs and ACL Reconstructions
  • MACI Grafts
  • Tibial Tubercle Transfers
  • Osteitis Pubis
  • Hernia Repair
  • Spinal Surgery – Including fusions, laminectomy and discectomy
  • Fracture Management, and many more

Post Op Rehabilitation
Your rehabilitation will be individualised depending on the procedure performed, your specialist’s protocols, and your personal rehabilitation goals – be it to return sport, work or to pain free daily activities.

Appropriate post-op rehabilitation is important in achieving the optimum outcome from your procedure and in minimising the risk of complications. Your rehabilitation at 4 Life Physiotherapy will include a combination of manual therapy (such as mobilisations and massage), exercise rehabilitation (home exercise programs and gym based rehabilitation), education and advice on self-management techniques and normal recovery time frames, and gait re-education where appropriate.

Post op exercise rehab usually commences in hospital the day after your surgery under the guidance of a physiotherapist, and continues once you are discharged home. Ultimately how much benefit you gain from your surgical procedure is up to you! A structured exercise program reduces contractures from scarring of the tissues around the joint as it heals. These contractures prevent full range of movement which impedes mobility. Post op exercise helps to restore range of movement in the joint, decreases pain, improves your muscle strength and mobility, and gets you back doing the things you love sooner.

Pre-Operative Rehabilitation
Pre-operative rehabilitation is also important in optimising the outcome of your procedure. While the need for rehabilitation following surgery (post op) is well appreciated, the importance of exercising before surgery (pre op) is often overlooked. Because of the many months of pain and reduced activity leading up to surgery, muscles become weaker, and walking, balance and fitness deteriorate. It is therefore recommended that you perform a program of land and / or water based strengthening, flexibility and general fitness exercises for 30 to 60 minutes, three times a week for at least six weeks prior to joint surgery.

Studies have shown reduced pain and increased physical function following surgery in patients who had performed an exercise program prior to surgery compared with those who had not. A six week pre op exercise program can increase muscle strength by 20%, and reduces the chance that you will require extended inpatient rehabilitation prior to being discharged home after surgery by 73%. Improved muscle strength reduces the effects of muscle wasting following surgery, making standing, walking and getting out of bed or a chair much easier.

Other benefits of a pre op exercise program include:

  • Improved Balance – Reduces the risk of falls.
  • Weight Loss – Reduces stresses on your new joint and decreases the risk of it loosening.
  • Improved General Fitness – Decreases the risk of surgical and post op complications.
  • Familiarisation with the exercises you will perform following surgery.

All this leads to a better outcome and reduced recovery time following your surgical procedure!

For more information on how 4 Life Physiotherapy can assist with your surgical rehabilitation contact us on (08) 9583 5200.