Pre and post Operative Physiotherapy

Whether you are seeking pre-surgical (prehabilitation) or post-surgical (rehabilitation) physiotherapy, our Chartered Physiotherapist’s are at hand to support you through your journey back to full function. For many injuries or illnesses, surgical intervention is required to ensure a full recovery, or recovery to the maximum extent possible. For injuries, this often involves the repair or replacement of damaged structures (such as tendons or ligaments), or debridement (cleaning up) of tissue that may be causing pain or mobility issues.

Pre-Surgical Physiotherapy

Waiting for a surgery may be an anxious time. It is normal to feel like life is on hold until your surgery is completed. However, the research extensively shows that commencing a rehabilitation programme prior to your surgery can help you to manage your pain, improve physical function and improve your overall health and wellbeing status prior to surgery. Studies also show that participants in pre-surgical rehabilitation programmes achieve better long term outcomes following surgery. Surgical candidates often feel like they have been given a ‘head start’ on their recovery.

Pre-surgical physiotherapy often includes

  • An exercise rehabilitation programme that will help you to improve or maintain strength and flexibility.

  • Strategies to improve your overall fitness pre-operatively

  • Advice on what to expect post operatively and the time lines around this

  • Strategies to help you to manage pain and cope with any anxiety relating to your pending surgery

Post Surgical Physiotherapy

It is vital to complete a rehabilitation plan post-surgery to ensure you get the maximum benefits out of your particular surgery. More and more research is showing that surgery alone is not enough to maximise your recovery. Many surgeries require a period of recovery, healing and rehabilitation to ensure that our body repairs and adapts to the surgery in a safe and effective way.

Some procedures don’t require much rehabilitation at all, whereas other procedures can take many months to achieve a full recovery. Post-surgical physiotherapy and rehabilitation services are designed to guide you through the recovery process. It allows a pathway for your body to heal and safely rebuild the mobility, strength and endurance that you will need to make the most out of your surgery and prevent that “half recovery” that can happen when we don’t rebuild.  If getting back to sport is your goal we will work with you to achieve your goals with carefully guided rehabilitation exercise, input where appropriate with strength and conditioning coaching and recommendations on safe return to training and play. Our post-operative physiotherapy care will also give you strategies to prevent future injuries being sustained. You don’t need a Doctor’s referral to start postoperative physiotherapy rehabilitation. However, we do correspond with your surgeon and GP about details of your operation, your progress and management.

Experience With Post-Op Protocols

We have up experience in rehabilitation programs for multiple conditions. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Replacement
  • ACL Reconstruction
  • Rotator Cuff Tendon Repair
  • Sub Acromial Decompression
  • SLAP repair
  • Achilles Tendon Repair
  • Hip Arthroscope
  • Knee Arthroscope
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Ankle Stabilisation / Ligament Repair
  • Tendon reconstruction
  • Spinal Surgeries