Physical Therapy: An Important Role in Surgery Recovery
An injury can be unfortunate, inconvenient and painful to say the least. At the onset it can greatly inhibit how much you can move around and make it difficult to carry out even simple tasks and activities. Defensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys Tyrone Crawford knows this all too well, as he suffered a season-ending tear of his Achilles tendon in training camp. He had surgery to repair the damage but is still having to watch things carefully. Whether or not you are a professional athlete, physical therapy most always plays an important role in the healing process after a surgery.
After surgery, it is common to experience lingering pain, limited range of motion, reduced flexibility and weakness in the affected area. Physical therapy helps you return to normal strength and motion. After your surgery, we will work together to create a short- or long-term plan depending on the severity of your injury. Priorities are focused on endurance, strengthening, and range of motion. The goal is to restore your strength and mobility. Even walking a few stairs can be difficult to manage at first, and after surgery many are tempted to take it easy. Rest is important of course, but healing is much more successful if exercises are implemented that keep your joints and muscles strong and flexible. Exercises will always be guided to target the specific structures within your feet that need help. Your plan will include how long the movements need to be done and how often.
Along the way the experts at Dallas Podiatry Works will monitor your progress and advise you on the right time to return to certain activities. We help all kinds of athletes after surgery and see much success when an appropriate physical therapy plan is followed. If you have any questions or concerns about an upcoming surgery or one that is not healing well, contact Dr. Joel W. Brook and David R. Northcutt today. You can reach our office in Dallas, TX at (972) 566-7474 or in Plano, TX at (972) 943-3323 or you can request an appointment through our website.
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