It’s hard to write a true “how to recover from surgery” piece when every recovery is so different. Even when two patients have the same surgery, both will find themselves on completely different roads to recovery. There are also so many definitions of “recover.” If you’re an athlete, you probably want to get back in the game at the level you were before surgery. If you’ve gone through a knee replacement, your goals may be different.
i’move focuses on identifying and implementing your treatment plan. What that means is up to your physical therapist and you. Instead of looking at fitness trends, we look at the studies of both functional movement and manual therapy to figure out what will work for your body. These are the steps we use to ensure you’re on the right track. Remember, there is no “best” recovery. There’s only what’s best for you.
Step One: Start PT
The most important advice we can give to all those recovering from surgery is to take the first step. The first step is the most important one: start physical therapy as soon as your doctor allows. Your surgery is a fresh start, but what happens next is up to you. New joints need proper guidance to regain motion control and relearn movement. Failure to utilize this training early on might mean you end up needing another surgery, or your body never quite heals correctly.
Consult with Your Physician
Surgical recovery is a team effort. It is very important for your physical therapist to be in tune with your medical provider when surgery is involved. Your doctor is going to talk to you about your physical therapy options after your procedure, and it’s important to know that you have a choice where to go. Take notes and be sure to let your doctor know your preference on where you want to have physical therapy. Many health systems offer physical therapy within their own system, but this isn’t always your only or best option. i’move provides you with a personal physical therapist and treatment assessment, and also keep your doctor involved so everyone is up to speed. When it’s time to recover, it’s good to consider all your options.
Have a Personal Plan
Remember, your recovery is yours. A unique plan and a one-on-one relationship with your physical therapist is a must. You should feel comfortable talking to your physical therapist about your pain and concerns just as much as your success stories. If you feel like your sessions are rushed or your exercises are basic, then you’re probably not getting the best care. Additionally, a physical therapist should be working to treat all of you, not just the part that’s recovering. Treatment should improve the entire body, making you feel better from top to bottom.
Practice on Your Own
That means there’s a little homework on your part. Practicing your therapy not just with us, but before your commute or after dinner is what it takes to keep and maintain your progress. i’move therapists pride themselves on teaching you exercises that only need gravity, letting you practice wherever you feel comfortable. Committing yourself to just a few minutes every day is what will make your recovery go faster and last for years to come.
While there are general guidelines for recovery, you need a plan that’s unique to you. When it’s time for physical therapy, remember that you have a choice. i’move promises to personalize your treatment one-on-one, creating a plan between your physical therapist and you. Starting physical therapy after surgery is the first step toward a speedy recovery process and better wellbeing.