Joint Pain Relief
After dealing with joint pain for an extended period of time, your doctor may recommend surgery as a way to improve your symptoms. How do you make the most of that procedure so that you can get back to your life as quickly as possible and get some joint pain relief?
Learn about the procedure. Ask your physical therapist about the recovery time and what to expect from surgery. Research the surgery using reputable sources such as (webmd, mayo clinic, etc). Avoid taking advice from message boards or watching youtube videos.
Get strong before surgery. Visit a physical therapist prior to your procedure to learn more about how to prepare for surgery. You may learn how to walk with crutches, strategies for managing your pain, and what exercises to start right away.
Get moving soon after surgery. Start therapy as soon as your doctor allows. Waiting too long can result in more stiffness which will increase pain. Your physical therapist can help you to manage swelling and pain with modalities and proper joint protection strategies.
Set realistic goals. Surgery is tough and everyone heals at a different rate. Your physical therapist can help you to set reasonable goals.
Keep active for the long run. Once you have recovered from your surgery and are back to your normal activities, do you best to keep in that way. Physical therapists can work with personal trainers and other fitness professionals to help you create a workout that will protect your joints.
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