What are the common surgeries that require Physiotherapy rehabilitation?
Orthopaedic surgeries such as:
Partial or total joint replacement
Mastectomy with or without reconstruction
When can I start my Physiotherapy rehabilitation after a surgery?
- Assessment on physical function such as getting out of bed, sit to stand or walking ability
- Teaching the use of walking aid if needed
- Simple exercises to improve movement and swelling
- Advice on RICE (Rest, ice, compress, elevate) to reduce swelling
- Gentle lymphatic massage to reduce swelling
Upon discharge, Physiotherapy is either conducted at:
- Home immediately as Home Physiotherapy
- Outpatient clinic between 2nd to 4th week post surgery depending on patient's wound healing and surgeon's recommendation.
How does Physiotherapy help you?
A treatment plan is decided based on The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) framework. The framework will factor in not just the patient's health aspect but also the function, level of activity, type of participation, environment and personal factors of the patient which helps the patient reach his/ her rehabilitation goal.
Types of treatment may include but not limited to:
1. Advice on correct posture and movements
2. Advice on use of walking aid or orthotics to offload or support injured area
3. Manual therapy
4. Soft tissue or deep tissue massage
5. Supportive taping
7. Strengthening and stretching exercises
How long do I need to receive Physiotherapy?
The duration of post surgery Physiotherapy depends on a few factors:
- Type of surgery
- Key hole surgery or open surgery
- Type and number of soft tissues involved or extend of the injury
- Patient's recovery
- Pain intensity