Altoona & State College

Post-Operative Rehab

Post-Operative Therapy = Therapy AFTER a surgical procedure.

Having surgery can be scary and the unknown is one of the most stressful parts about it! How will I feel? What will I be able to do? Will I need therapy? A Pre-Operative (pre-op) appointment at Atlas Therapy can help eliminate your fears and help you prepare for, and make the best of, life after surgery.

Post-Operative (post-op) therapy begins after your surgery and can begin anywhere from a few hours, to a few days, or even a few weeks depending on if there is immobilization. Therapy is a critical part of your recovery to assist with regaining strength and movement without re-injury and to return to your active daily living.


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What does a post-op appointment look like?

You’ll meet with a Physical Therapist at Atlas Therapy, one-on-one. Your therapist will personalize your treatment plan and the number of sessions based on your needs and your surgeon’s protocol. Some therapy sessions may include the following:

  • Dressing change – Wound assessment – Scar management
  • Pain Management to tolerate activity, exercise and promote healing:
    • Use of modalities (ice, electrical stimulation, etc.)
    • Manual treatments (gentle mobilizations, range of motion, etc.)
    • Instruction for body positioning for decreased swelling, stresses and increased comfort.
  • Patient Education for safety and for managing your assistive device as appropriate for:
    • Precautions
    • Dressing, bathing, other daily activities
    • Bed mobility
    • Walking and stairs
    • Work and driving
  • Mobility – muscle movement and stretching as indicated by the post-op protocol from your surgeon
  • Neuromuscular Re-Education to encourage proper movement patterns to avoid compensating and bad habits.
  • Exercises to improve functional strength

Start your road to recovery by contacting Atlas Therapy today and schedule your post-op appointment.


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