Before & After Surgery
Before your Operation
At Esperance Physiotherapy, we have orthopaedic rehabilitation PreOperation (PreHab) programs. These programs are designed to improve your mobility, strength and function before you undergo your orthopaedic surgery. This can be for things such as knee replacements, hip replacements, shoulder reconstruction or back surgery (fusion, discectomy). A PreHab program is tailored by your Physiotherapist based upon their assessment findings and your goals.
SUPPORT & UNDERSTANDING. Surgery is often a confusion and stressful time. What do I need to do to fully prepare? What happens after? How will it affect my other problems? Where will the scar be? How long do I need to keep the dressing on? Developing a relationship with your Physiotherapist before your operation makes sense.
You have been in pain and will have developed compensation habits and weakness. They will assess you and teach you your specific exercise program, targeting any weakness. They can answer your questions and provide advice on what to expect if your surgeon rushed over these points.
HEALTH BENEFITS. By commencing your program before surgery other potential benefits include; a reduction in body weight (helps with GA recovery), improved quality of life (faster recovery time) and build up of strength, endurance and flexibility. The better prepared you are, the more likely you will have a smoother recovery.
After your Operation
Following on from your PreHab programs, your surgeon will recommend when you commence Post Operation rehabilitation. This often involves a period of alternative exercise therapy like Hydrotherapy, cross trainer, or exercise bike depending upon your type of surgery. Having started a PreHab program you will often already know what you need to do for the first 2 weeks.
OPTIMISE RECOVERY. Your surgery was performed due to some structural (usually bone/joint dysfunctional reason). Your bones give you shape but your muscles hold everything together; a tent looks good without guy ropes, till the wind blows! Our muscles also move us around, and every day resting it takes two days to recover lost strength and fitness.
RANGE OF OPTIONS. Esperance Physiotherapy provides you with a range of home or clinic based exercising. We can develop and teach hydrotherapy programs and have exercise equipment (exercise bikes) for hire if you don't have access and a comprehensive gym if you prefer to exercise away from home. The clinic also has a range of fitballs, free weights, dura disc balance tools and other useful equipment that we have sourced to increase outcomes based upon our experience with past clients.