No, I am not saying that physical therapy should replace the need for all surgery. What I am saying is that in a lot of cases, especially when dealing with joint and muscle injuries, surgery may be postponed or even avoided by going to a trusted physical therapist first.
Our bodies are resilient and for the most part, are designed to heal themselves if we go through the proper treatment options and provide it with the proper nutrition.
The first step in determining the correct course of treatment for your injury would be to schedule an appointment with your physical therapist to get a full exam and to discuss your injury. They will provide you with all the facts related to your injury and the treatment options available. It is always a good idea to try and avoid surgery as much as possible, so going through physical therapy first to try to prevent surgery is recommended.
However, if the physical therapist determines, that in fact a surgery is required, a pre-surgical physical therapy treatment plan may be recommended. This will help you, the patient, get ready for surgery ahead of time for an optimal outcome and quicker recovery.
If you had to have surgery, it is always important to get on an immediate physical therapy treatment plan post surgery. This will increase the success of regaining optimal mobility, strength and balance after recovery.
As you know, physical therapists are knowledgeable about surgical procedures and treatment goals as well as your body’s limitations after surgery, and can tailor their efforts to improve your well-being and help ensure a successful outcome.
So, before you make a hasty decision to jump right in to surgery, consider your options and schedule your visit with a physical therapist… you will be glad you did.