Recovering From An Orthopedic Surgery

Recovering From An Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic doctors specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. This includes the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Although orthopedic doctors will always try to explore nonsurgical treatment options first, sometimes chronic conditions or serious injuries require orthopedic surgery.

Recovery from orthopedic surgery can take time, but the good news is, there are ways to ensure your recovery is as successful as possible so you can get back to doing the activities you enjoy quickly.

Post-Op Instructions

Following surgery, your orthopedic surgeon will give you a set of specific guidelines to follow that will ensure the best outcome. This may include taking time off work, wound care, using assistive tools, medications to help with pain and low the risk of infection, a rehabilitation program, and exercise sessions with a physical therapist.

It is very important to adhere to these instructions and recommendations as they will not only ensure a quicker recovery, they will also prevent further injury or trauma to your body.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is very commonly recommended before and after orthopedic surgery to strengthen muscles, ligaments, and tendons as it can help to speed up post-op recovery. It can aid rehabilitation and help to achieve the best possible outcomes in recovery. Your physical therapist will work with you and your surgeon to design a customized therapy program tailored to meet your specific needs.

Your physical therapy plan may include a variety of treatments and techniques, including:

  • A personalized and progressive exercise program
  • Manual therapy techniques for soft tissue and joint mobilization
  • Electrical stimulation and therapeutic ultrasound
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Massage therapy
  • Heat and cold treatments
  • Training on post-op equipment such as CPM, braces, crutches, and splints
  • Modalities for pain relief and healing
  • Patient education
  • Coordinating extra support if/when necessary (nutritionists, pain specialists, etc.)

Follow Up Appointments

Your orthopedic surgeon will want to meet with you after the surgery to monitor progress and ensure the surgery site is healing well. Depending on the type of surgery and the level of trauma, several appointments may be necessary. It is important to attend these appointments as it could hinder the recovery process if you do not attend. Follow up appointments also give you the chance to express any concerns and ask any questions.


You may be prescribed medication following surgery, such as pain medication, anti-inflammatory medication, and antibiotics. It is important to take medications as directed in order to manage symptoms effectively and safely. Certain vitamins or supplements may also be recommended.

If You Have Concerns

In a majority of cases, patients recover well from orthopedic surgery without any side effects or complications. Your surgeon will discuss with you the risks associated with orthopedic surgery and symptoms to look out for following the procedure that may indicate a complication or possible infection. If you experience symptoms that are concerning you, such as excessive pain, fever, swelling, or bleeding, contact your doctor as soon as possible as this could indicate a complication or infection that may require immediate attention.

Movement Orthopedics for All Your Orthopedic Needs

Movement Orthopedics is a leading orthopedic and sports medicine practice serving Macomb County and the surrounding communities. We treat patients of all ages experiencing musculoskeletal and joint dysfunction related to injuries or medical conditions. We specialize in knee and hip conditions.

Our treatments are designed to restore function and mobility while eliminating pain, and we utilize a number of cutting-edge procedures. We also offer joint replacement, reconstruction and preservation procedures, joint injections, arthroscopic surgery, robotic knee surgery, and anterior hip replacement. We have many on-site conveniences including a physical therapy practice.

If you need advanced orthopedic care or would like more information about the services we provide, call us today at (586) 436-3785 or request an appointment

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