Musculoskeletal conditions or injuries lead to pain, changes in range of movement and dysfunction. In cases where orthopaedic intervention is warranted there is usually extended waiting periods of several months before a surgical procedure can be performed. During this period disuse of the injured joint or limb due to pain can lead to atrophy of the surrounding muscles and restrictions in range of movement resulting from soft tissue tightness and the formation of adhesions.
In the vast majority of cases pre-operative rehabilitation should be performed with a chartered physiotherapist to offset the above mentioned effects of injury. Physiotherapy treatment helps to keep the surrounding tissues healthy and strong which ultimately reduces ones recovery time post-surgery. Best outcomes and shorter recovery times have been demonstrated in patients who undergo preoperative strengthening and stretching exercise protocols.
Depending on your injury or condition our Chartered Physiotherapists will prescribe an individualised exercise program tailored to your specific needs. This program will be progressed gradually up to the date of your surgery to ensure that the injured joint or limb is as strong as possible. Other techniques to help reduce pain and offset the development of soft tissue tightness and adhesions prior to surgery may include: massage, myofascial release techniques, transcutaneous electrical stimulation, heat/cold therapy, dry needling and acupuncture.