Speed Up Your Recovery Time with Post-Surgical Aquatic Rehab
Did you know that aquatic therapy is an option for post-surgical rehabilitation? Aquatic therapy maximizes the healing properties of water such as buoyancy, viscosity and hydrostatic pressure. With these properties being in the water is virtually non weight bearing, provides resistance and decreases inflammation and improves circulation!
Do you have an upcoming surgery? Are you concerned about the recovery? Are you wondering if you’ll bounce back stronger than you were before? If so, post-surgical aquatic rehab can help.
At Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center, one of our skilled aquatic therapists will design a treatment plan to best fit your needs, so you can maximize your outcomes and bounce back as quickly as possible from your surgical procedure. Contact us today to find out how!
Post-surgical rehab at Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center
While pain-management drugs simply mask the pain, aquatic therapy helps resolve it at the source. Whatever surgery you may be undergoing, aquatic therapy can help you regain your function once again. Our aquatic therapist will design you a personalized treatment plan that may include targeted exercises and stretches that will maximize your post-surgical recovery.
Depending on the limitations your surgical operation brings, our skilled aquatic therapist can provide you with tips on how to safely move around while you are recovering, such as how to get in and out of a car, go up and down the stairs, or put on your clothes. We can give you adaptive tools to compensate for reduced movement, while simultaneously working to restore your body’s normal range of movement as quickly as possible.
Part of your rehabilitation process will also include education on lifestyle and nutritional techniques that will help in optimizing your long-term health. This will help you avoid re-injury, recurrent surgeries, and prolonged downtime.
Rehab after necessary surgeries
When conservative treatment options for an injury or health condition fail to provide effective relief, many physicians will recommend surgical correction. Some common conditions that may lead to surgery include, but are not limited to:
- Heart surgery (ablations, stent placements, cardiac pacemakers, etc.)
- Total hip replacements
- Full or partial knee replacements
- Rotator cuff tears
- ACL, MCL, and/or meniscus repairs
The impact of these surgeries on your body should not be understated. Most surgeries incur at least some degree of pain, inflammation, mobility limitations, and swelling. To complicate matters, you likely were already experiencing pain and dysfunction prior to your operation!
To accommodate healing tissues and/or to avoid recurring dysfunction, it is likely that you will have to learn how to do certain things all over again, like walking and getting dressed. Our aquatic therapist can teach you how to perform tasks safely while following critical post-operative guidelines. These guidelines are often outlined by your surgeon and could include hip precautions, sternal precautions, spine precautions, non-weight bearing, etc.
Both pre- and post-surgical rehab are essential elements to successful outcomes. Any type of surgery can be considered a form of trauma and can affect the body differently. Even minor and uncomplicated surgical procedures can have a major impact on your health. Because of this, post-surgical rehab with a skilled aquatic therapist is especially important, in order to make sure everything goes smoothly after your operation is done.
Individualized post-surgical rehab with a aquatic therapist not only minimizes your pain and accelerates your rate of healing, but it can also reduce the chances of postoperative complications, including infections, bleeding, blood clots, muscle weakness, scar tissue, decreased function, and other factors that can negatively impact your long-term health.
Another critical reason for electing post-surgical aquatic therapy is its ability to help you reduce or completely avoid prescription painkillers, including opioids. An opioid epidemic is currently gripping the country and impacting every socioeconomic class. According to the CDC, an estimated 115 people every day die from an opioid overdose, and upwards of 29% of people, prescribed opioids will end up misusing these dangerous drugs.
For this reason, the CDC advises people to choose aquatic therapy over prescription painkillers whenever possible.
Get started on your post-surgical rehab plan today
If you have an upcoming surgery, contact our aquatic therapy office today at Port Charlotte, FL to see how we can help make your recovery process as smooth as possible. At Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center, we are here to set you up for post-operative success so you can get back on your feet faster!