Post-Operative Rehabilitation Specialist

Midtown East Physical Therapy -  - Physical Therapy Specialist

Midtown East Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Specialists located in Midtown East, New York, NY

After surgery for an injury or degenerative condition, the road to recovery can be a challenging one. The expert physical therapists at Midtown East Physical Therapy are with you every step of the way, with a natural, whole-person approach to postoperative rehabilitation. The highly trained physiotherapists, Gregory Trakhtenberg, MPT & Dmitry Shestakovsky, DPT, provide their knowledge and assistance for a speedy recovery, and offer comprehensive postoperative rehabilitation services for patients of all ages. To learn more, call one of the offices in New York City or schedule an appointment using the online system.

Post-Operative Rehabilitation Q & A

What is postoperative rehabilitation?

Postoperative rehabilitation is a program designed to help restore motion, muscle strength, and proper joint function after surgery for a degenerative condition or an injury. Drs. Trakhtenberg and Shestakovsky at Midtown East Physical Therapy take an individualized approach to your rehabilitation, since each person is different and recovers at their own pace. It’s important to understand that postoperative rehabilitation is a process, not a quick fix after surgery, and the physiotherapists and sports medicine experts are there to help you make progress as efficiently as possible.

What can I expect from my postoperative rehabilitation program?

If you know you’re going to have surgery for an existing condition, Drs. Trakhtenberg and Shestakovsky may prescribe beginning a treatment protocol before your operation. Preoperative exercises can help maximize joint motion and contribute positively to your overall strength and endurance, so you can potentially recover faster after your procedure.

After surgery, once your physician advises that you’re ready to begin your postoperative rehabilitation program, your therapist develops treatment goals that minimize the adverse effects of surgery, including:

  • Pain and swelling
  • Decreased mobility and joint function
  • Decreased flexibility

As you continue to work through your postoperative treatment, you should see improvement in all of these areas. Your therapist works closely with you each step of the way to ensure your safety and progress, especially since the road to full recovery involves some discomfort as your body heals.

It’s important to be committed to your postoperative rehabilitation program, so you have the right frame of mind when it becomes challenging. Each small step brings you closer to recovery, and Drs. Trakhtenberg and Shestakovsky are there to support your efforts.

What are the stages of postoperative rehabilitation?

During your postoperative rehabilitation, you may wonder when you’ll be able to resume certain activities. If you’re recovering from knee surgery, for example, the stages of postoperative rehabilitation may include:

  • Straightening your leg to the same degree as the other one
  • The absence of swelling and pain around your knee
  • Bearing your full weight on your leg without assistance
  • Restored gait, or walking normally without a limp

For each of these stages, your therapist may give you a specific goal, like walking without crutches, or standing or sitting without assistance. Once you have met your initial postoperative rehabilitation goals, you may work with your therapist to achieve others, like returning to your favorite sport or resuming your usual exercise program.

Since each individual circumstance is different, Drs. Trakhtenberg and Shestakovsky create a rehabilitation program that helps you achieve your personal goals. Learn more by calling one of the New York City offices or scheduling a consultation online.