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Dr. Dharam Pandey

HOD and consultant - Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Sciences

Manipal Hospitals, Delhi

Regaining Strength And Mobility: The Essential Role Of Physiotherapy After Orthopedic Surgery

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Dr. Dharam Pandey

Posted On: Dec 29, 2023

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Importance Of Physiotherapy After Orthopedic Surgery

If you or a loved one has recently had orthopaedic surgery or are planning to, you might be wondering how to navigate the path to a swift and complete recovery. That's where physiotherapy comes in as your steadfast partner in this journey. In this blog, we'll explore the crucial role of physiotherapy after orthopaedic surgery, both during your hospital stay and after discharge. At Manipal Hospitals, our physiotherapists are not just care providers; they are an integral part of a collaborative healthcare team, ensuring the best care for a faster and more effective recovery. Let's dive in and explore how physiotherapy can make all the difference, explained in a way that's easy to understand for patients and their families.


The Importance Of Physiotherapy In The Hospital: Your Road To Recovery Begins Here

You've just woken up after your orthopaedic surgery, and your body is in a state of transition. You might feel fragile, but the good news is that this is where the journey to recovery starts, and physiotherapy plays a pivotal role in your healing process during your hospital stay.

Managing Postoperative Pain

One of the first challenges you may face after surgery is pain. It's perfectly normal to experience discomfort, but physiotherapy has a wealth of techniques to help manage it effectively.

Let's say you've undergone a knee replacement surgery. After the procedure, your knee might be swollen, stiff, and painful. Here's where the magic of physiotherapy comes in. A physiotherapist will use gentle manual therapy, exercises, and even breathing techniques to ease your pain. They'll also guide you on positioning strategies that minimize discomfort. This way, you can concentrate on your recovery without the burden of unnecessary suffering.

Restoring Mobility And Function

Orthopaedic surgeries often involve joints and bones, and you might find that you can't move as freely as before. The goal of physiotherapy is to help you regain your mobility and function, just like your old self.

Let's take the case of hip replacement surgery. Right after the operation, your hip may be reluctant to move due to pain and stiffness. A physiotherapist will gently guide you through a series of range-of-motion exercises and weight-bearing techniques. These exercises gradually coax your hip back to its former glory. As you progress, your physiotherapy program may include strength-building exercises and gait training to ensure that you can walk and move without hesitation.

Accelerating Your Recovery Time

Time is precious when it comes to recovery, and everyone wants to get back to their regular lives as swiftly as possible. Physiotherapy serves as the accelerator in this process.

Imagine you've had ACL reconstruction surgery to mend a torn knee ligament. Without proper rehabilitation, your knee might weaken, and your muscles could atrophy. But with physiotherapy, you're on the fast track to recovery. Your physiotherapist will craft a personalized rehabilitation plan that gradually increases the intensity of exercises. This tailored approach helps your knee regain its strength and stability, leading to a quicker recovery compared to a passive approach.

Individualized Care And Support

You are unique, and your surgery is, too. That's why personalized care is paramount. Physiotherapists excel at creating rehabilitation programs that cater to your specific needs, like a bespoke suit tailored just for you. Suppose you've had spinal surgery to address a herniated disc. Your physiotherapist's plan is designed with you in mind. In the beginning, the focus may be on gentle exercises to relieve pressure on your spine. As you progress, more challenging exercises are introduced to strengthen the muscles supporting your spine. This individualized approach ensures that you receive the right level of care at every stage of your recovery.

Beyond physical care, physiotherapists are also there to provide emotional support during the often stressful post-surgery period. They become your motivator, your source of encouragement, and your confidant.

 Preventing Long Term Complications

Orthopaedic surgeries aim to address chronic conditions or injuries. After your surgery, it's essential to prevent long-term complications that could impact your quality of life. Here's where physiotherapy plays a vital role in your ongoing health.

After joint replacement surgery, such as a knee or hip replacement, physiotherapy helps prevent complications like muscle imbalances and reduced joint stability. These issues, if left unaddressed, can lead to secondary problems and discomfort in the future. By tackling these concerns early on, you can enjoy better long-term outcomes and reduce the risk of future injuries.

Physiotherapy At Manipal Hospitals: Your Partners In Recovery

At Manipal Hospitals, we believe in a collaborative approach to healthcare. Our physiotherapists aren't just caregivers; they are essential team members dedicated to ensuring you receive the best care possible.

During Your Hospital Stay


  • Initial Assessment

We start by getting to know you and your surgical history. This helps us create a personalized plan that caters to your unique needs.

  • Pain Management

Our top priority is to manage your post-operative pain, so you can focus on healing comfortably.

  • Regaining Mobility

We work on restoring your mobility and function through a combination of exercises, gentle manual therapy, and assistive devices when necessary.

  • Education

We're here to teach you about proper body mechanics, positioning, and strategies to avoid complications while you're in the hospital.

After Discharge


  • Personalized Rehabilitation Plan

At our physiotherapy clinic, we create a tailored rehabilitation plan that evolves with your progress and helps you regain your strength, mobility, and overall function.

  • Home Exercises

We provide you with exercises that you can perform at home, ensuring that your progress continues even after you leave the hospital.

  • Follow-Up

We schedule follow-up appointments to track your progress, make necessary adjustments to your rehabilitation plan, and address any questions or concerns you might have.

The Healing Journey With Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is your trusty companion on your journey to recovery after orthopaedic surgery. Whether you're preparing for surgery or already in the recovery phase, we're here to help you heal, regain your independence, and get back to your normal life.

At Manipal Hospitals, our approach is all about providing personalized care and unwavering support. We're not just here to treat your body; we're here to uplift your spirit too. So, if you or your loved ones are gearing up for orthopaedic surgery, remember the pivotal role of physiotherapy in maximizing your healing potential. Together, we'll make your recovery journey as smooth and comfortable as possible, ensuring that you return to the activities you love, pain-free, and with a smile.

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