Whether choosing to undergo a surgical procedure to better your quality of life or experiencing an unexpected trauma in need of surgical intervention it is imperative that your postoperative care be tailored to your specific needs. Each individual case is in need of a foundation in evidence based medicine and proper tissue healing timeline based protocols as well as an experienced therapist that can analyze specific patient needs. At Rose Physical Therapy our staff clinicians are experienced and trained in evidence based postoperative care.
A patient beginning their postoperative care should be examined for red flag symptoms in regard to deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or blood clot, and infection of the involved joint or body part. The Well’s Score, developed from a clinical checklist, leads a clinician to a “likely” or “unlikely” clinical probability in regard to DVT and physical therapists are well trained at identifying signs and patient symptoms of infection.
Physical therapists are educated in a tissue healing timeline that provides a centerpiece for an evidence based, safe treatment procedure in the initial phases of healing. Soft tissue healing ranges from 6-8 weeks to provide a safe structure to an area that was surgically repaired. During this healing phase physical therapists provide care that limits soft tissue and joint loading to provide a safe healing environment. During this time it is essential that a physical therapist remain safe and continue to observe a patient’s subjective reports for signs that healing is delayed or ahead of time. This is where individual analysis is important and one on one care can provide the proper setting for clinical conversation and planning between physical therapist and client.
When soft tissue healing timelines have passed and the physical therapist has observed and measured changes indicating proper healing individuality to a treatment plan again takes the forefront. Rehabilitation includes increasing a patient’s quality of life, functional abilities, vocational abilities, and generating patient driven goals. Physical therapists that can provide one on one care and individualized care planning can drive their care toward each patients needs rather than completing a solely protocol based rehabilitation.
Patient driven goals provide a unique endpoint to physical therapy care that often result in varying discharge dates from physical therapy. Our goal as physical therapists is to achieve outcomes that are valued by our clients which results in discharge from our care with unique and comprehensive home exercise programs.
The end result of postoperative care is always to achieve patient satisfaction with functional outcomes. At Rose Physical Therapy we strive to achieve these results with every client who enters the clinic.
Dr. Nicholas Smith