Post Surgical Rehabilitation

What is it?

There are many injuries and illnesses where surgery is the only treatment option available to either provide effective relief or to sustain the life of an individual. The success of a surgery can be directly attributed to how much support and physical training is received during the recovery period. Most people worry about what this will look like and how long it will take to heal. Seeking the help of a physical therapist who is trained in post-operative care, can not only assist with restoring range of motion and strength, but also with preventing further injury from happening. This type of therapy is called Post Surgical Rehabilitation and is usually broken down into three distinct phases. The first phase is considered an immobilization period in which immediately following surgery, the patient is instructed to rest the affected area in order to allow adequate time for the swelling to subside and the wound to heal. The second phase takes place once they are ready for progressively challenging exercises in order to aid in the restoration of stability, strength, range of motion, and endurance. This phase may also include treating scar tissue in order to break up any restriction and alleviate pain. During the last phase, the physical therapist works with the patient with the intent on getting them back to resuming pre-injury activities by targeting goals related to everyday tasks such as carrying grocery bags, lifting a baby, or walking up and down the stairs.

Surgeries that typically require post surgical rehab include orthopedic, cardiac, thoracic, neurological, and abdominal, but can also include neck, back, and upper and lower limbs.

With the help of post surgical rehabilitation and an individualized treatment plan created by the physical therapist, the recovery journey is not only attainable but also much smoother.

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Post Surgical Rehabilitation Benefits

How can it help me?

Post surgical rehabilitation is crucial in providing support to re-educate the body to regain normal function and improve overall recovery. It reduces the development of secondary issues such as bacterial infections, blood clots from poor circulation, and postoperative pulmonary complications (PCCs). It speeds up healing time, minimizes scar tissue visibility, and strengthens weakened muscles. Other benefits patients experience or recieve from a post surgical rehab program are:
• an improvement in posture, balance, and coordination.
• increase in range of motion, movement, and flexibility.
• self-care tools and training that can be utilized outside of the outpatient setting.
• a home exercise regimen that strengthens the body in between therapy sessions.
• and reduced pain and management techniques.

Techniques and Exercises

What we incorporate into our treatments

Post Surgical Rehabilitation can include techniques or exercises such as:

  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Flexibility exercises
  • Muscle strengthening exercises
  • Home exercise instruction
  • Ice, heat, and electrical stimulation
  • Posture, balance, and coordination training
  • Gait analysis and training
  • Self-care training

Who is eligible for Post Surgical Rehabilitation

Common symptoms and conditions

  • Full or partial knee replacement or surgery
  • Neurological surgeries
  • Cartilage surgeries
  • Hip Replacements
  • Major joint or muscle repairs
  • Heart surgery – ablations, stent placements, cardiac pacemakers, etc
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • ACL, MCL, and/or meniscus repairs
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery (Acromioplasty)
  • Neck surgeries
  • Arthroscopic Knee Surgery (Meniscectomy)
  • Arthroscopy – wrist, elbow, shoulder
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Elbow reconstruction
  • Free tissue transfer
  • Joint aspiration and injection
  • Nerve decompression
  • Nerve repair
  • Reconstructive surgery


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Brooklyn Body Works Physical Therapy began as an idea to bring the highest quality physical therapy to all people in our community. We wanted to offer the best that NYC has in health care while not marginalizing people based on socioeconomic boundaries (race, income, language, religion, etc). We offer a “concierge style service” and continue to accept many commercial insurances, medicare and even medicaid policies.


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Since this is a physical therapy session which will require a physical examination and therapeutic exercise (varies by patient), we ask all our patients to come prepared. Please come dressed in loose fitted clothing that will allow for easy mobility, comfort, and access to the area of complaint. In addition we recommend sneakers with soles that grip to prevent slips or falls.

The need for a referral depends on what type of insurance you have. Most insurance plans do not require one, however some insurances do. For example, if you have HIP, you will need a referral from your primary care physician. We ask that you check to see what your health insurance plan requires prior to your initial visit. If you are unsure, please contact our front office and we’ll do our best to determine whether or not you require a referral.

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Each patients case and diagnosis is unique and requires the development of an individualized plan of care. Your physical therapist will give you an estimate of the number of sessions needed to reach a level of “feeling better”, during your initial evaluation.

Over time the number of visits may increase or decrease from the initial estimate, based on the progress made.

Brooklyn Body Works Physical Therapy accepts many of the available major insurance plans as well as alternate payment options, including cash/self-pay, to make our services accessible and affordable. Please visit the link below to view all information pertaining to Payment Options.


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