Common Surgeries

 
 

Total Hip Replacement


It is common for Physical Therapists to assist in the recovery after a total hip surgery. Recovery often consists of instruction/reinforcement of hip precautions, the instruction and use of a gait aid like a walker or cane. We also help patients regain strength, improve their ability to walk more normally and return to all activities they would like to participate in. 

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Spinal Fusion


A spinal fusion occurs when there is too much movement in a segment of your spine. This could be anywhere in your spine but far more likely to occur in your low back and neck. There are multiple methods for spinal fusion which will be discuss with you by your physician. Physical therapy after spinal fusion will help address pain as you recover as well as help build your abdominal musculature back up after your surgery. Often swelling can turn off key spinal stabilizing muscles and we will help you re-learn to use your muscles. 

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Total Knee Replacement


A total knee replacement generally occurs when knee arthritis becomes too painful to allow for normal functioning. The joint surfaces are replaced with metal surfaces allowing better function. After the surgery the therapist will teach you how to move and use a walker correctly. As you recover we will progress you with exercises to improve the range of motion in your knee and help you return to all the activities that you were missing out on before your surgery.
 

Rotator Cuff Repair 


The rotator cuff tendons can get pinched and worn for a number of reasons. If your rotator cuff tendons are torn a surgeon will re-attach them to the head of your humerus. Following surgery you will not be allowed to move your shoulder for some weeks, a physical therapist will move your shoulder for you at therapy to make sure that range of motion is preserved throughout recovery. Your doctor will clear you for more and more movement in stages and a physical therapist will help teach you what his recommendations mean. Listen closely to your therapist as your recovery will go much more quickly if you adhere closely to the doctor's and therapist's recommendations.

Meniscal Repair 


An injury can happen to the "washer " between your thigh and shin bone. This is a torn meniscus, this area has poor blood supply the further toward the middle so often to reduce pain the torn area is trimmed and cleaned up by physicians. This can also alleviate a "locking" sensation in your knee.