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3 Reasons Why Physical Therapy is Important After Surgery

3 Reasons why Physical Therapy is important after Surgery?

Many people don’t attend physical therapy for many reasons. 
“I don’t have time to go to physical therapy” 
“It’s too expensive to attend physical therapy” 
“Does physical therapy even work?” 

While everyone’s living situation is different, these misconceptions put your health at risk. Physical therapy helps you recover movement faster, heal properly, and manage pain. Physical therapy can also help you save money in the long term by reducing costs of medications, doctors visits or having multiple surgeries. It can bring you back to a better state of health than what you started with and is backed by scientific research.

Physical therapists are highly skilled medical providers that have taken years of study to provide you with the utmost care. The physical therapists at Optimal Therapy guide you through every stage of post surgery recovery to getting back to the things you love. They create a unique and individual treatment plan just for you and your specific type of surgery.

If you’re still not convinced, here are 3 reasons why physical therapy is important for the post-surgery recovery process.

  1. Physical Therapy helps regain confidence and trust in your body:
    We have helped thousands of patients recover post-surgery and one common experience we see is that patients can be afraid to re-injure the location they have recently had surgery on. Having reduced range of motion and even immobility after surgery are expected and not pushing yourself unsupervised is actually a good instinct. The problem comes in when a patient is so scared to move the joint or muscles or to feel any discomfort that they hinder the proper post-surgery healing process. This is why it is crucial to go through post-surgery physical therapy with a trained physical therapists so that they can teach and encourage you to do the correct exercises with the appropriate amount of discomfort to help you heal correctly and in a way that will allow you to regain range of motion and strength in the area. Having a trained, certified expert in post-surgery physical therapy guide you, helps you regain confidence and trust in your body.
  2. Physical Therapy decreases pain and swelling:
    Pain is the alarm system that lets the body know something is happening in the body that isn’t normal and swelling is part of the bodies natural healing process. Knowing these two things, some pain and swelling can be expected and are a normal part of the post-surgery recovery process. While these are to be expected post-surgery, there are also bad forms of pain and swelling. Doing proper physical therapy helps to elevate swelling which in turn reduces the overall level of pain and discomfort. Having a trained physical therapist guide you through the recovery process also helps you understand the difference in good and bad pain. Our physical therapist like to let you know up front that there will be discomfort, but by leaning into the discomfort during the post-surgery physical therapy movements and exercises, you can avoid the really bad pain and have the best chance of returning to your normal activities.
  3. Physical therapy helps regain range of motion and flexibility:
    It’s pretty much guaranteed that after surgery you will feel stiff, tight, or might not be able to move like you did before surgery. As part of the post-surgery healing process, your physical therapist will work with you using specially designed exercises to help you regain that lost mobility. Your post-surgery recovery plan will also included stretches and exercises that you can do at home so that you can continue to make progress each and every day. As range of motion begins to return and pain and swelling reduce, your physical therapist will begin to work with you to strengthen the muscles around the affected area. As range of motion and strength increase during the post-surgery recovery process, you will be able to start doing things you used to be able to and your therapists will even work on some of these daily tasks with you so that you know how to do them safely.

Physical therapy is an essential part of the post-surgery recovery process and helps accelerate your recovery. Our physical therapists will be there every step of your healing journey to ensure the best possible outcome and to provide you with confidence in your recovery.

At Optimal Therapy we make it our priority to help you feel better. If you would like to speak with a physical therapists about post-surgery recover, please give us a call at (702) 564-6712 or use our online form to schedule an appointment.


Optimal Therapy is unique and one of the best choices for your physical and occupational therapy needs. Our team of highly-trained physical and occupational therapists are all patient focused and passionate about delivering a great experience every time. We offer many physical therapy services including fall-prevention, pelvic health, pediatrics, geriatrics, surgery recovery, dry needling, joint mobility and more! We also provide in home care and Telehealth appointments to meet you exactly where you are at.

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