Rehabilitation After Surgery

Rehabilitation After Surgery In Rochester, MN

Are you having surgery due to a major injury? Or is it because you have a chronic condition that’s been causing you pain for years? At Optimal Movement we offer Rehabilitation After Surgery in Rochester, MN. Having surgery can sometimes be scary and may come with a lot of questions. You may ask yourself: Do I even need surgery? What are the long-term effects? How long will it take to recover? Will I be able to do the things I used to be able to do? Who do I see for treatment? The good news is you don’t have to make this decision by yourself. When deciding whether or not to have surgery for an injury or a chronic condition, you will typically meet with a surgeon and/or physical therapist to determine the extent of your injury and help you decide what the best treatment plan is for you. Physical therapists are trained medical professionals that specialize in the diagnosis of movement dysfunctions and are experts at restoring strength, improving range of motion and getting you back to activity. After a procedure, your surgeon will recommend a few days of rest before working with a physical therapist, but in most cases, you will be working with a physical therapist from Day 1. Research shows that early mobilization can help:


  • Minimize pain and swelling
  • Reduce scar tissue formation
  • Decrease risk of infection, blood clots and other circulation issues
  • Improve overall strength, range of motion, and balance
  • Get you back to activity and/or sport sooner

Dr. BJ Nash Optimal Movement Physical Therapist in Rochester, MN.

Rehabilitation Before and After Surgery Conditions

There are many different conditions that may require physical therapy intervention. It may be due to a sports injury, a traumatic car accident, or it may be a chronic condition that you have been dealing with for years and finally got tired of suffering from the pain and discomfort. Below are some of the more common conditions that we treat:

Back and Neck

  • Laminectomy
  • Discectomy
  • Fusion
  • Foraminotomy
  • Intervertebral Disc Arthroplasty
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Radiofrequency ablation (rhizotomy)

Shoulder and Ankle

  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Labral Repair
  • Subacromial decompression
  • Tendon Repair
  • Ligament Repair

Hip and Knee

  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Labral Repair
  • Femoral Acetabular Impingement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Ligament Repair
  • Tendon Repair
  • Meniscus Repair

How Physical Therapy Can Help Rehabilitation Before and After Surgery

Participating in physical therapy after surgery has been shown to provide numerous benefits such as decreased pain, improved mobility, increased independence, and improved quality of life. Here at Optimal Movement with our rehabilitation after surgery in Rochester, MN service, we understand that having surgery can sometimes be stressful but our trained rehabilitation specialists will help guide you step by step through the recovery process. We will be sure to keep an open line of communication with you and your surgical team to ensure we have the best understanding of your procedure and obtain any post-op protocols, restrictions or guidelines. At your first session you will undergo a comprehensive examination that involves the use of standardized tests and outcome measures to assess impairments and functional limitations. Treatment sessions consist of evidenced based therapeutic techniques ranging from hands on manual therapy to individualized exercise programming with the goal of minimizing pain and creating measurable change at each subsequent session. You will also be given an individualized home exercise program that is tailored to fit your specific needs. Our aim at Optimal Movement is to get you back to doing the things you love as quickly and safely as possible.

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