Recovering from orthopaedic surgery can sometimes require the aid of a team of physicians and professionals that are well versed in the individual needs and requirements of orthopaedic procedures. Many times after surgery the patient will be assigned a rehabilitation team that will work closely with the surgeon and other related physicians to help the achieve movement and motion.
The length of time that a patient may require rehabilitative care depends upon various factors. The patient’s recovery speed and process is dependent on the type of surgery performed as well as the severity of the injury. The patients that have had particular Orthopaedic surgeries such as total joint replacements of the the hip or knee, reconstructions of the ankle, elbow, knee or spinal surgeries will all need post-operative rehabilitation. Patients that have had rotator cuff tears as well as laminectomies, meniscectomies as well as total shoulder replacements will also work in conjunction with their treating orthopaedic surgeon and our rehabilitative team.
The therapist is able to observe where the weakest parts of the patient’s body are and assist the patient to build strength. The aim of the rehabilitation therapy sessions is to provide the patient with enough range of movement and strength to be able to complete tasks independently. Once the patient returns to their home environment (i.e. hotel or other vacation rental), they will continue with on-site based exercises as well as motion and range building programs that will allow the injured site to heal the most satisfactorily. The orthopaedic surgeon will re-visit with the patient at clinic on various post-operative intervals to gauge progress and provide feedback and assessment and will be in constant communication with the therapist.