Post-Operative Physical Therapy

Post-Operative Physical Therapy

Improve your post-op recovery with physical therapy

If you’re undergoing orthopedic surgery, you and your surgeon have likely discussed your upcoming physical therapy needs. Post-surgical physical therapy not only helps minimize the development of scar tissue around the surgical site, but also helps patients heal faster and get back to their normal activities more quickly.

At Excel Physical Therapy, we have more than 30 years of experience providing post-op physical therapy to patients who have undergone total joint replacements or orthopedic surgeries related to knee, shoulder, hip, arm, feet, ankle, and hand injuries.

Want to get a head start on your recovery? Learn about the benefits of pre-operative rehabilitation or “prehab.”


After a comprehensive initial evaluation, EXCEL’s physical therapists will create an individualized recovery plan designed to optimize your recovery. Immediately following surgery, your clinician will focus on reducing your initial pain and swelling.

Next, your therapist will guide you through a series of tailored exercises meant to restore strength, help you regain range of motion, and increase your stamina and endurance. Post-surgical physical therapy may include:

  • Flexibility exercises
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Balance training
  • Gait analysis and training
  • Modalities such as ice, heat, or electrical stimulation
  • Customized home exercise program

Ultimately, our goal is to get you back to doing the things you love, at your pre-injury activity level.

Surgery coming up soon? Schedule your first post-op visit today. 

If you’re preparing for an orthopedic surgery, you’ve got a lot on your mind. Check one thing off your to do list today—contact your local EXCEL office or request an appointment online to schedule your first post-op physical therapy appointment.

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