Physiotherapy Services

Post-Surgical Physiotherapy

Comprehensive post-surgical physiotherapy is critical for optimal recovery. At HelloPhysio, we prioritize your healing with orthopedic post-surgical plans, bringing state-of-the-art technologies such as INDIBA, shockwave therapy and MAGNETOLITH EMTT to restore optimal function and speed your recovery.
post-surgical physiotherapy

Our collaborative approach ensures that patients’ post-surgery plans are effectively coordinated with your orthopedic surgeon. This regimen focuses on enhancing strength, improving range of motion, and restoring function, addressing potential issues in the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles.

What Exactly Is Post-Surgical Physiotherapy?

Post-surgical physiotherapy aids in restoring joint mobility and muscle function. These therapeutic interventions also target the accumulation of scar tissue and other natural healing responses that might lead to complications later in life. The earlier you, your surgeon and your physiotherapist develop a rehabilitation and treatment plan together, the faster the recovery.

However, your recovery journey begins even before you go into surgery. 

Physio for surgery or prehabilitation

The clinical benefits of prehabilitation as part of your after-surgery physiotherapy are invaluable as part of your recovery. In medical practice, prevention is often as valuable as the treatment itself. Prehabilitation, taken as a preparatory measure before surgery, embodies this belief. 

Through prescribed exercises, patients can greatly improve their mobility and strength, gearing up for the rigors of surgery. Moreover, prehabilitation offers crucial techniques for handling discomfort after the operation. The ultimate goal is to ensure patients have a quicker and smoother recovery following surgery.

Pain, inflammation, reduced range of motion, and muscle atrophy are all unfortunate side effects of surgery. Physio after surgery speeds up the healing process. It helps you recover and build muscle strength so that you can resume your daily activities faster.

The length of time it takes to recover from surgery is determined by a number of factors, including:

  • Type of surgery. The more invasive the surgery, the longer recovery will typically take.
  • Pre-operative muscle strengthening. The strength of your muscles before the operation has a direct impact on the muscle’s post-operative strength.
  • Treatment plan. Different types of treatment can help accelerate healing. These treatments include the use of non-invasive radiofrequency, magnetic oscillation, and shockwave therapies — all of which have been clinically shown to significantly impact recovery. The decision of which technique to use depends on the type of injury and its location on the body.

Each patient’s case is unique. The recovery period from a sports injury such as an anterior cruciate ligament/ACL reconstruction differs from degenerative chronic disorders that require total knee replacement surgery. That’s why we work intimately with orthopedic surgeons to develop a personalised treatment plan that is right for you.

Benefits of Physiotherapy Post-Surgery

Following major surgery, the road to recovery is a crucial period that demands attention and expertise. The importance of post-surgical physiotherapy cannot be understated. It provides a structured pathway for patients to restore strength and mobility while minimizing the risk of potential complications. 

after surgery physiotherapy

Post-surgery care in Singapore at HelloPhysio is at the forefront of bringing the latest technological approaches to addressing surgical pain and targeting scar tissue reduction. Additionally, we integrate manual therapy, mobilization and other adjunctive therapies. 

With the right post-surgical care, patients can expect a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to their healing, ensuring they regain their optimal function and well-being.

What Should I Expect from Physiotherapy after Surgery?

Early intervention after surgery with physiotherapy plays a tremendously important role in the recovery process. When started soon after discharge, this clinical approach is beneficial for a range of surgical outcomes, whether it’s an Achilles tendon repair, addressing hip dysplasia or a procedure on the posterior tibial tendon. 

The therapy’s duration is tailored to each individual, continuing until the healing process is complete and any swelling has been mitigated.

In the crucial days and weeks post-surgery, the primary objectives of physiotherapy are twofold: firstly, to alleviate and manage pain, and secondly, to reintroduce gentle exercises that promote muscle functionality without compromising the healing and recovery process. 

post-surgery physiotherapy

It’s worth noting that the specifics of physiotherapy in surgery aftercare are inherently personal, rooted in the unique nature of each patient’s procedure, medical history, lifestyle and other mitigating factors. Some might benefit from manual therapy techniques aimed at enhancing flexibility, particularly in joints like the ankle. Others might find therapeutic value in modalities like shockwave therapy, especially post-knee surgery.

One constant, irrespective of the therapeutic approach, is the overarching goal of physiotherapy: to optimize the body’s healing mechanisms, paving the way for patients to regain their normal rhythm of life, unburdened by pain. This comprehensive approach, grounded in evidence-based practices, underscores the importance of physiotherapy after surgery.

How Can a Physiotherapist Aid in Post-Surgical Recovery?

Surgery can be a frightening prospect, but the post-operative rehabilitation process doesn’t have to be. HelloPhysio works with patients both before and after their surgeries to help them get the most out of their recovery and rehabilitation. 

Your surgery recovery success is determined not only by the surgery but also by your pre- and post-operative rehabilitation.

Our post-surgery physio clinic has extensive experience with patients who have undergone joint replacement, arthroscopes, ligament reconstruction, muscle repairs, or surgical fractures, whether they be elective or emergency surgeries. 

At HelloPhysio, we use the latest evidence-based post-operative care therapies and follow orthopedic guidelines to assist patients in regaining full strength and function. Our physiotherapist will guide you through the prescribed treatment plan from your surgeon to ensure optimal results throughout your rehab treatment process. 

After surgery, we will work with your doctor on a physiotherapy treatment plan, catered to your specific needs. Exercise and movement soon after major surgery help to reduce swelling and prevent immediate pain from turning into a chronic condition. It’s important that this is done in conjunction with your physiotherapist, as too much exercise or movement can end up slowing the healing process or creating another injury if the body isn’t ready.

Understanding the Post-Surgery Therapy Process for Knee Dysfunctions

Our team often uses more than one type of technique so that we can tackle a number of issues, including pain, flexibility, rigidity and recurring injuries.

physio after surgery

After knee surgery, for example, your aftercare physiotherapy plan may include adjunctive therapy and Clinical Pilates strengthening exercises. Our senior physiotherapist may also recommend INDIBA Activ as this technology works well with post-operative patients to reduce swelling and bruising and to break the pain cycle as post-surgery therapy following knee surgery. Further, shockwave therapy may be used to break down scar tissues during the first session. 

We complement the use of technology with Clinical Pilates to improve your range of motion, and LightStim Red Light Therapy to improve blood circulation and cellular reparative function. To enhance muscle activation, restore joint function, and build strength, consider starting your recovery phase earlier after knee surgery with the assistance of the LightSpeed Lift.

Prehabilitation and post-operative physiotherapy may be eligible for health insurance claims by your provider. If you have any insurance questions, feel free to contact our physio clinic to discuss your treatment options. We are a leading pain specialist in Singapore and we want to help you manage your injuries. 

Post-Surgical Physiotherapy FAQs

Sometimes surgery is required to ensure you can get back to your normal daily life without pain. An orthopedic surgeon will explore all avenues before resorting to surgery as this can take a major toll on your body. This is a major decision and one that should not be considered without fully educating yourself on both the benefits and risks.

Even with the best surgical intervention, clinical outcomes and complications can arise if post-op treatment plans aren’t followed. This is why finding the best physiotherapy for your condition is integral to giving the best chance of recovering long-term.

The length of time of your post-operative physiotherapy will vary depending on the type of injury and the type of surgery. There is no way to know for certain how long you will need to be in physiotherapy, without knowing your medical history and the exact conditions that led to your decision to undergo surgery and the type of surgery. Feel free to contact our clinical team and we’ll be happy to discuss the potential treatment options with you and your orthopedic surgeon.

At HelloPhysio, we find the best results come from a multi-pronged plan, designed to stimulate healing, increase muscle strength, and manage pain.  For example, a patient may do Clinical Pilates and shockwave therapy with us to both strengthen their muscles and increase their healing. The same can be said for manual therapy, sports massages, and many other of our services.

Post-surgical physiotherapy is highly recommended after surgery to maximise the results from the surgery and prevent future injuries from arising. It is possible to avoid physiotherapy following a surgery but that increases your chances of developing a new injury or exacerbating the old one. Physiotherapy is designed to help you, and you can only benefit from its implementation. Forgoing post-surgical physiotherapy is inadvisable because you may end up worsening the injury or creating an imbalance somewhere in your body.

HelloPhysio paves the way with both traditional physical therapy and the latest technologies to reduce pain, re-establish movement patterns, and activate muscles so that you can return to your daily life.

Physiotherapy treatment plans are different for each client customized to fit an individual’s needs, injury and lifestyle. Treatments from HelloPhysio may be eligible for claims through your health insurance provider.

Contact us today to arrange a session with a senior physiotherapist to discuss a targeted treatment plan.

Phone: +65 8787 3198

101 Irrawaddy Road
Royal Square #10-12
Singapore 329565

Using manual therapy with proper adjunctive state-of-the-art  equipment to enhance tissue healing, our physiotherapists help clients return to pain-free movement faster. Each physiotherapy rehab plan is never the same for each client as we believe in a personalized physio treatment to address each individual’s musculoskeletal injury and life stressors.

We always believe in going one step more at our rehab center in Singapore by providing continuous care that extends beyond just the physical session to adding Telehealth as part of physio treatment plans. From traditional to sports physiotherapy in Singapore, our clinic incorporates the lastest evidenced-based modalities into patient care.

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EMTT® is an advanced technology developed in Switzerland for the treatment of bone, tendon, muscle, nerve and ligament injuries or disorders throughout the body. This is a state-of-the-art therapy is a non-invasive, safe alternative to steroid injections and other interventions.

EMTT can be used to as a pain relief practice to reduce inflammation in difficult to treat conditions such as bone injuries, stress fractures and arthritic joints. We also use of the technology in harder-to-treatment of conditions such as tendinopathies at our Novena physiotherapy clinic in Singapore.

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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) uses shockwaves outside of the body to harness intense short energy waves to reduce pain and heal chronic orthopedic conditions at our rehab center in Singapore. It is a non-invasive but powerful adjunctive physiotherapy treatment that delivers acoustic waves to injured soft tissue to for pain relief and to promote healing.

Using both Focal and Radial ESWT at our physiotherapy clinic, Shockwave Therapy a non-invasive treatment to assist with quick healing of injured tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, etc) at a cellular level. Shockwave works by activating a tissue response by making tissues restart the healing faster while creating minimal scarring.

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Being one of the very few physio clinics in Singapore to fully utilized INDIBA for active rehab, we are proud to say our clients who have received the radiofrequency treatment have reported a decrease in pain immediately post treatment.

INDIBA uses one-of-a-kind long wave radiofrequency of 448 kHz frequency to treat acute, subacute and chronic states of injury. INDIBA creates a therapeutic physio treatment with manual or sports physiotherapy to facilitate tissue recovery while decreasing pain.

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Clinical Pilates is instructed by our highly-experienced trainers to promote strong, stable movement to build muscle strength, improve range of motion, activate postural muscles and the body-brain connection for integrated movement patterns.

As part of our Singapore rehab center, Clinical Pilates targets spine and pelvis alignment in conjunction with breathing and inner core muscles to balance and strengthen the body. Each session may use various rehab techniques, including Pilates reformers, barrel, Stahl bars and other physiotherapy equipment.

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Sports Massage uses intense, detailed manipulation of the soft tissue – muscles, tendons, joint capsules, and fascia – targeted at trouble spots. Specializing in injury management and chronic pain relief massage, and as part of our Singapore sports physio treatments, sports massage therapy helps enhance athletic performance by preventing training injuries and decreasing recovery time.

The massage sessions are highly focused with applied techniques, including myofascial release, deep compression, muscle stripping, and friction, trigger point therapy, stretching, and corrective exercises.

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Red Light Therapy at HelloPhysio energizes cells to drive a host of physiological processes in the body by interacting at the cellular level to restore normal cell function.

Also known as Photobiomodulation, the near infrared therapy improves blood circulation, increases the rate of recovery after injuries, decreases pain and inflammation, boosts energy levels, improves muscle performance, aids in sleep, and a host of other benefits.

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As a treatment option at our Novena physiotherapy clinic, Dry Needling is a popular and effective means to treat pain using a sterile needle inserted to trigger points of the muscle and/or fascia to activate our body’s response for a natural anti-inflammatory recovery process, especially for sports physiotherapy clients. Trigger points are targeted by dry needling as other techniques may not be able to go so deep.

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Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a gentle and non-invasive technique that activates the body’s circulation to help the immune system by working with the interstitial and lymphatic system.

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Craniosacral therapy is a non-invasive process balancing the powerful flow of the cerebrospinal fluids and the nervous system. It is used to activate the body to self heal and restore body balance as part of our services at our physio rehab center in Singapore.

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When the COVID pandemic hit globally, rehabilitation and pain relief practice was mandated to go online as physical therapy care at our physio clinics was restricted. The use of digital communication to provide quality treatments ensured continuity and accessibility of care. From that, we realized the effectiveness and the efficiency of telehealth for physiotherapy and rehab.

Research supports telehealth’s benefits to maintain positive client outcomes, especially when it comes to physiotherapy treatment and rehab in Singapore. We all know that life post pandemic has changed and we will continue to provide Telehealth to clients who meet the needs of online consultation.