Physiotherapy Services

Post-Surgical Physiotherapy

Comprehensive post-surgical physiotherapy is critical for optimal recovery. At HelloPhysio, we focus on patient-specific recovery objectives, integrating technologies such as INDIBA, Shockwave Therapy, LightSpeed Lift, and LightStim MultiWave® along with manual post-surgical physical therapy programs that significantly enhance patient outcomes.

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post-surgical physiotherapy

HelloPhysio’s collaborative approach to post-surgery care in Singapore ensures treatment is effectively coordinated with orthopedic surgeons and healthcare teams. 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 is a rehabilitation process aimed at aiding recovery after surgery. It employs prescribed exercises and manual therapies to restore strength, mobility and function. Additionally, adjunctive treatments enhance outcomes by promoting tissue healing, decreasing inflammation, and preventing complications, ensuring a comprehensive approach to recovery and return to daily activities faster without pain.

These therapeutic interventions also target accumulating 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 your recovery.

It is important to note that your recovery journey begins before surgery. The clinical benefits of prehabilitation as part of your after-surgery physiotherapy are invaluable in 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. In addition, prehabilitation offers crucial techniques for handling discomfort after the operation. The ultimate goal is to ensure patients recover quicker following surgery.

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

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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 directly impacts the muscle’s post-operative strength
  • Treatment plan: Different types of treatment can help accelerate healing. These include using non-invasive radiofrequency, magnetic oscillation, and shockwave therapies – all of which have been clinically shown to impact recovery significantly. 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 HelloPhysio works intimately with orthopedic surgeons to develop a personalized treatment plan 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. 

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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.

Integration of Technology for Smarter Post-Surgery Therapy, Faster Recovery

HelloPhysio specializes in post-surgical physical therapy through our collaborative approach with orthopedic surgeons, ensuring tailored rehabilitation strategies that align with the latest surgical techniques and patient-specific recovery objectives.

Integrating technologies such as INDIBA®, Shockwave Therapy, LightSpeed Lift, and red light therapy into post-surgical physical therapy programs significantly enhances patient outcomes. 

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  • INDIBA® therapy uses radiofrequency to stimulate cellular activity, enhancing tissue repair and reducing inflammation, which is crucial for speeding up recovery times. 
  • Shockwave Therapy, by emitting high-energy acoustic waves, helps break down scar tissue, promote collagen production, and improve blood circulation, alleviating pain and enhancing mobility. 
  • The LightSpeed Lift system offers body weight support, enabling patients to begin walking or running exercises without the full impact on healing tissues, facilitating earlier mobility with less discomfort. 
  • LightStim MultiWave® light therapy uses specific wavelengths of light to penetrate deep into tissues, stimulating mitochondrial activity for improved energy production, which aids in tissue regeneration and reduces recovery periods.

Together, these and other technological advances at HelloPhysio provide a comprehensive approach to rehabilitation, offering pain relief, improved function, and faster return to daily activities. Discover how our targeted approach can transform your rehabilitation journey. Contact us now to learn more about accelerating your recovery with our specialized post-surgical care.

What Should I Expect from Physiotherapy after Surgery?

Early intervention after surgery plays a tremendously important role in the recovery process. When started soon after discharge, physiotherapy benefits a range of surgical outcomes, whether 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. 

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 to enhance 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.

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 surgery, which can take a toll on your body. This major decision should only be considered by fully educating yourself on 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. You will only know for certain how long you will need to be in physiotherapy if you know your medical history, the exact conditions that led to your decision to undergo surgery, and the type of surgery. 

Feel free to contact HelloPhysio’s clinical team, and we’ll be happy to discuss the potential treatment options with you and your orthopedic surgeon.

HelloPhysio has earned a reputation by bringing together industry-leading clinicians with the latest evidence-based technologies. Our multi-pronged plan stimulates healing, increases muscle strength, and manages pain.  For example, a patient may do Clinical Pilates and Shockwave Therapy with us to strengthen their muscles and increase their healing. The same can be said for manual therapy, sports massages, and other services.

Post-surgical physiotherapy is highly recommended after surgery to maximize the results from the surgery and prevent future injuries from arising. It is possible to avoid physiotherapy following 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.

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 before and after their surgeries to help them get the most out of their recovery and rehabilitation. 

The surgery and your pre- and post-operative rehabilitation determine your surgery recovery success.

Our post-surgery physio clinic has extensive experience with patients undergoing joint replacement, arthroscopes, ligament reconstruction, muscle repairs, or surgical fractures, whether 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 physiotherapists will guide you through your surgeon’s treatment plan to ensure optimal results throughout your rehab treatment process. 

After surgery, we will work with your doctor on a physiotherapy treatment plan that is catered to your specific needs. Exercise and movement soon after major surgery help reduce swelling and prevent immediate pain from becoming a chronic condition. This must be done 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.

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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. This technology works well with post-operative patients to reduce swelling and bruising and break the pain cycle as post-surgery therapy following knee surgery. Shockwave Therapy may also break down scar tissues during the first session. 

We complement 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.

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


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