Rehab Notes: How does rehab reduce post-surgical pain following joint surgery?

Published: May 30, 2024

How does a rehab program reduce post-surgical pain following joint surgery?

Pain is a common side-effect of having surgery. While surgery often resolves the major issue or health concern, the trauma the body is placed under during surgery can cause inflammation to surrounding muscles, limited motion, and our own propensity to restrict movement. Many falsely believe that having physical therapy might increase pain. However, a good program actually reduces pain and helps speed healing process.

To ensure minimal discomfort during rehab, we use various to techniques and modalities to minimize pain:

1. Ice and heat therapy: Ice packs and heating pads are commonly used to reduce swelling and alleviate pain in the affected area.

2. Manual therapy: This involves hands-on techniques such as massage, joint mobilization, and stretching to improve circulation, increase range of motion, and reduce pain and stiffness.

3. Electrical stimulation: This technique uses low-level electrical currents to stimulate the muscles and nerves around the affected joint, which can help reduce pain and promote healing.

4. Ultrasound therapy: This technique uses high-frequency sound waves to promote healing in the soft tissues around the joint.

5. Exercise: Our therapists work with patients to develop programs that can help reduce swelling and inflammation while improving strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the affected joint. These exercises are designed to be safe and effective and are tailored to the individual needs of each patient.

Overall, the goal of Rehab after hip or knee surgery is to help patients regain their mobility and independence as quickly and safely as possible while minimizing pain and discomfort. So, while patients may feel some discomfort during initial treatments, in the long run, they should experience less pain as they heal.

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