Pre-Post Surgery in Fort Smith and Springdale

Optimize Surgical Outcomes with Pre-Post Surgery Rehab in Fort Smith and Springdale

Upcoming surgery on your knee, hip, shoulder or spine can certainly feel daunting. But with Therapists in Motion’s prehabilitation and post-op therapy programs, you don’t have to navigate it alone. Our advanced orthopedic therapists equip patients with customized strength, flexibility and education protocols both before and after surgery – accelerating recoveries by addressing weaknesses and restrictions proactively.

Restoring Mobility Through Phased Rehab

Muscles and joints thrive on gentle movement. But without guidance, many patients end up overdoing activity immediately after surgery or immobilizing themselves out of fear of damaging tissues. This significantly impedes optimal recovery. Therapists in Motion’s certified specialists design personalized prehab and post-op rehabilitation regimens catered to your unique procedure and baseline status. We guide you through three integrated phases:

Phase 1: Pre-Surgery Preparation

Weeks to months before a scheduled surgery like knee arthroplasty, our therapists work to resolve:

  • Joint/muscle stiffness
  • Strength/coordination deficits
  • Balance/stability impairment
  • Gait abnormalities

Robust pre-op rehab enhances post-surgical outcomes by conditioning the body to better tolerate procedure stresses and maximize the effects of later therapy. Education also prepares patients and caregivers mentally and logistically.

Comprehensive Evaluations – Thorough assessments of current muscle function, joint mobility, neurological status, walking mechanics and more allow us to quantify postsurgical rehab potential and customize prehab interventions.
Insurance Benefits Assistance – We help patients navigate insurance requirements related to surgery approval, durable medical equipment coverage and therapy authorization needs.
Pre-op Joint Mobilizations – Hands-on techniques restore sliding mobility between joint surfaces soon to be replaced. This also desensitizes regions prepping for surgical trauma.
Targeted Strengthening Exercises – We build supporting muscular endurance around surgery sites protecting newly vulnerable joints post-procedure.

Phase 2: Initial Post-Op Healing

Early interventions in the hospital or at our facilities focus on:

  • Pain, edema and inflammation management
  • Gentle joint mobility and muscle activation
  • Safety with movement and weight bearing
  • Basic self-care adaptations

These structured acute-stage protocols allow early weight bearing as dictated by surgical guidelines to stimulate healing while preventing negative compensations.

Edema Modalities – Electrical stimulation, compression pumps and manual techniques accelerate fluid drainage from surgically traumatized tissues to alleviate discomfort and enhance repair.
Assistive Equipment Training – We fit appropriate ambulatory devices like walkers or crutches while teaching protected gait to ensure safe mobility and prevent falls.
Home Exercise Introduction – Simple movements that protect the joint while regaining flexibility and strength help patients remain active participants in their healing process between therapy visits rather than passive recipients.

Phase 3: Advanced Functional Restoration

Gradually progressing activity, our outpatient therapists guide patients towards goals like:

  • Full range of motion/eliminating restrictions
  • Restoring strength and motor control
  • Rebuilding endurance for community mobility
  • Resuming recreational pursuits and athletics
  • Independent home exercise programs

This phased approach optimizes patient outcomes through consistent momentum tailored to evolving individual capacities while avoiding overexertion.

Manual Scar Tissue Mobilization – Hands-on techniques resolve postsurgical adhesions between muscle planes and surrounding connective tissues allowing improved joint mechanics.
Advanced Therapeutic Exercise – Multi-plane functional movements using exercise bands, Pilates equipment and patients’ recovering limbs as resistance progressively build muscle control and flexibility required for community ambulation and daily life without reliance on ambulatory aids.
Simulated Occupational and Sports Specific Drills – We design controlled replications of actions performed at work or in athletics to confirm readiness for safe return while enhancing skills-specific stamina and mobility.

Why Pre-Post Surgery Rehab in Fort Smith and Springdale Matters

Recovering well after orthopedic surgery depends greatly on following proper protocols under the guidance of a knowledgeable therapist able to identify and address dysfunction early.
Benefits of our pre- and post-op programs include:

Enhanced Surgical Outcomes – Patients demonstrate less blood loss, shorter hospital stays and lower pain medication needs. Optimized pre-op conditioning reduces post-surgical joint trauma and facilitates faster progress in therapy.
Faster Rehabilitation – Early gentle reactivation of muscles protects joint surfaces while preventing adhesions. Strategies like neuromuscular electrical stimulation also accelerate intrinsic strengthening. Patients achieve functional milestones weeks faster through our protocols.
Reduced Pain and Complications – Specialized interventions minimize swelling and discomfort for greater engagement in beneficial movement versus immobilization. This leads to lower risks of stiffness, blood clots and long-term neural hypersensitivity.
Prevention of Reinjury – Education on modifying daily mechanics to protect healing tissues helps integrate movement precautions. Attention towards strengthening stabilizers and correcting deficits minimizes recurrence likelihood.

Answering Your Pre- & Post-Operative Therapy Questions

What exactly is involved with pre-op or “pre rehabilitation” therapy?
Prehab focuses on boosting aerobic conditioning, enhancing muscle flexibility/endurance and instilling proper movement patterns through the area slated for surgery via targeted exercises. Manual therapy and modalities also help resolve any tissue restrictions or pains that may hinder rehabilitation.

When should I begin pre-op therapy before surgery?
Ideally 4-8 weeks prior for smaller procedures but up to 8-12 weeks before major total joint replacements. Preoperative conditioning levels correlated closely with functional mobility achieved by 3-month post-surgery milestones in studies. Committing to consistency early is key.

What types of post-op rehab services do you offer?
We provide comprehensive outpatient physical therapy including manual techniques to resolve surgical scar tissue, restore mobility and rebuild strength. Interventions progress patients through self-care, community mobility goals and return to sports/work duties aligned to surgeon directives and timelines.

About The Author

Danni Welch, a Speech Language Pathologist specializing in physical therapy and speech language pathology, puts patients at the forefront of their care. With years of experience, they guide individuals towards achieving their best selves. At Therapists in Motion in Fort Smith, Danni Welch crafts individualized plans using cutting-edge techniques, empowering patients to overcome limitations and thrive.

Trust Your Recovery with Therapists in Motion

At Therapists in Motion, we view surgery preparation and rehabilitation guidance as collaborative partnerships between our compassionate specialists, savvy surgeons and motivated patients. Together we develop integrated plans serving your unique needs all the way from prehab to full function restoration. Don’t leave your mobility up to chance after a complex joint procedure.Get started with pre- and post-surgery programming or call us to discuss your upcoming needs!

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Rhonda Haynes

“I fell and broke my patella. As soon as medically possible I called Therapy in Motion to have a visit with an OT and PT. Best decision ever. They scheduled times quickly and both were a wealth of knowledge and experience which will cut my recovery time and get me back to normal life as soon as possible! Thank you!”

Ej Orsak

“I can’t say enough wonderful things! My husband was in a horrific motorcycle accident on May 28, 2022. We were told he may not survive and if by some miracle he did, walking may never be a reality for him again. After 6 weeks in rehab he came home, in a neck brace, body brace, cast on his leg and… a wheelchair. We truly thought this was our new normal. Then Therapists in Motion showed up. Today is September 15, 2022. Today he is out of the neck brace, body brace, and in a walking boot. He can shower himself, he is driving in small trips, and most importantly, he is walking and no longer needs the wheelchair! The two angels, Jennifer and Susan, were absolutely wonderful.”