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A 36-year-old male asked:

Please share a tip on some do's and don'ts with regard to physical rehabilitation following surgery or injury.

87 doctor answers100 doctors weighed in
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 25 years experience
Physical: In the case of chronic pain, physical therapy is a great supplement to medication.
Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Body: Body work: osteopathic/chiropractic, physical therapy, and massage all play a role in treating back pain.
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 25 years experience
Consider: Consider physical therapy if you are overweight, to get used to daily exercise.
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 38 years experience
Physical: Physical therapy and chiropractic can sometimes be helpful to get you into exercise shape.
Dr. David Schleimer
A Verified Doctoranswered
39 years experience
Recognize: Recognize immediately. Treatment in the first hour(s) is vital. Start rehabilitation asap.
Dr. William Newton
Pain Management 20 years experience
Time,: Time, physical therapy and otc medications are often all that is needed.
Dr. David Cooke
Thoracic Surgery 23 years experience
To: To prevent blood clots in the legs after surgery, while in the hospital, walk 4 times a day.
Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
General Practice 42 years experience
Stretching.: Stretching. When your doctor gives you the all clear, find a good stretching routine. Do it everyday.
Dr. Marvin Den
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Remember: Remember, things will get better if you know that you are doing something to help you.
Dr. Suzanne Fiala
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Follow: Follow doc's recommendations, start and stay with it. Seems like baby steps but it works.
Dr. Suzanne Fiala
Family Medicine 31 years experience
I: Myth: i don't need physical therapy, my body will recover just fine on its own.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Range: Range of motion, strength and endurance exercise, is key for returning to higher levels of function.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
PT: Physical therapy is like eating an elephant. Focus on each bite, not the whole meal. The result will come.
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 14 years experience
Bed: Bed rest is not helpful, rest as instructed by your doctor but out of bed if at all possible.
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 15 years experience
There: There usually are many attending physical therapy at the same time so find a group to rally behind.
Dr. Corinne Kauderer
Wound care 37 years experience
After: After surgery, post op physiotherapy is recommended to get back range of motion that was lost.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
U: Myth: you can do it on your own & cheaper too.
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
No: No time or money for physical therapy? Google things like "low back stretch" or "sciatica exercises".
Dr. Mark Sterling
31 years experience
Therapy: Myth: therapy has to go on for months and is only finished when the pain is completely resolved.
Dr. Tonya Kozminski
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Create: Create realistic goals! set time frames accounting for acute healing, recovery limits & appropriate past baseline.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
Rehab: Rehab is a lot of work but it pays off in the end. While it might seem to be insurmountable stay with it & you'll get better.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
It's: It's a myth that you can do therapy on your own. You're not trained to do it. Learn from a therapist.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
While: While therapy is good, starting too soon or doing too much may be harmful.
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 15 years experience
Myth:: Myth: only "old" people need rehab after surgery. (absolutely not true!).
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
People: People mistakenly think they can do it on their own without a professional present. Bad idea!
Dr. Maria Conwell
Pediatrics 32 years experience
This: This depends on the condition, however post surgery most patients are prescribed physical therapy.
Dr. Gary-Anthony Lawson-Boucher
Anesthesiology 23 years experience
Rehab: Myth: rehab is painful. Fact: moving causes less discomfort than being still.
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
DON'T: Don't do physical therapy on your own. Only with trained professional because form is important!
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
DON'T: Don't do physical therapy on your own. Only with trained professional because form is important!
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
DON'T: Don't do physical therapy on your own. Only with trained professional because form is important!
Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 22 years experience
Keep: Keep a daily log of exercises, reps, weights, etc., so that you can track progress ; self-motivate.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 30 years experience
As: Ask a loved one to hold you accountable. Keep a calendar and ask therapist to help set weekly goals.
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Follow: Follow a medically cleared plan; go slowly; stop if pain, but try every day; celebrate improvement!
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 30 years experience
Follow: Follow a medically approved plan - do not decide to deviate from it without your doctor's approval.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
39 years experience
Have: Doctors do need to decide what is done during pt. Therapist then follow doctors' orders.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 24 years experience
Get: Get supporters to help you establish and continue a routine for your rehabilitation exercises.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 30 years experience
Numb: Numb hands? Stiff shoulder? Knee hurt? Just had a heart attack or stroke? See a rehabilitation dr.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 30 years experience
Do: Do get referred to a physiatrist when you need to hear how to improve your functional abilities.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Stress: Stress strengthens you. Keep goals in your mind!
Dr. Timothy Silver
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 25 years experience
Make: Make short term functional goals and work closely with your therapist and your doctors.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Follow: Follow advise of your surgeon. Don't overdo it. Be consistent with your therapy. Do your homework.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Scapular: Scapular stabilizer muscle strengthening and rotator cuff exercises for partial rotator cuff tear.
Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery 40 years experience
Set: Set small goals & as you reach those then move on to the next set of goals.You will reach the end.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 55 years experience
No: No trick, stop, listen & follow ur ortho. Cheat & u cheat ur self.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
39 years experience
Get into : Right frame of mind that you want to get better and rehab will get you where you want to be.
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 17 years experience
Consult: Consult with a physiatrist, set goals, know your surgical restrictions, and keep a positive outlook.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Myth:: Myth: rest and time are all that are required to get back to being yourself again.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Myth:: Rehab is often necessary following successful surgery.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Be: Be determined in your mind before you start what your goals are, know it will hurt
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
If: If wrist splints are not enough, steroid shots can help carpal tunnel syndrome. Cts.
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 25 years experience
Surgery: Surgery can be a failure if you do not do prescribed physical therapy.
Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery 40 years experience
Wasting: Wasting of small muscles in hand is usually due to severe nerve compression. See md if hand weakens.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
Do: Do what you are told and things will go better for you. Strive hard and be persistent. The short-term frustration you experience now will be nothing compared to the long-term frustration you will experience if you don't go through rehab.
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
If: If you qualify, inpatient rehab can be an excellent resource. If outpatient, learn and take in tips.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 42 years experience
You: It's a myth that: you will never enjoy life like you used to!
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 42 years experience
You: You need a support person that is there for you unconditionally - no matter what!
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Therapy: Therapy for cerebral palsy; include spasticity control including medications to maximize function.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 19 years experience
PRICE: Price (protection rest ice compression elevation) is recommended in the first 72 hours of injury.
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Set: Set a goal with your rehabilitation team for best results.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
When: When discouraged following injury or surgery remember physical rehab is best way 2 return 2 normal.
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Psychiatry 29 years experience
Big: Big picture; focus on the results you would like to see in 1 year, instead of gradual progress.
Dr. Daniel Schainholz
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
As: As the saying goes, what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. No pain, no gain.
Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 33 years experience
You: You can't get more out of it than you are willing to put in. Do your part!
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Try: Try to find someone who has had similar surgery that u have and befriend and encourage one another.
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 25 years experience
From: From the first day make rehab the first priority. It may continue the rest of your life.
Dr. Emily Ridgway
22 years experience
Surgery: Surgery is the smallest part of your treatment. Your commitment to the rehab exercises is crucial!
Dr. Som Kohanzadeh
Surgery - Plastics 18 years experience
We: We tell our patients to keep it simple. Walking can serve as one of the simplest yet most effective.
Dr. Jerry Miles
Podiatry 27 years experience
medicine: Don't be afraid to take pain medicine before therapy, therapy after surgery or injury is painful. If it did not heurt we wouldnt need the help of a therapist to get back to normal. Of course discuss all medication use with your doctor, and ask himfor medicine to help make therapy more managable.
Dr. Bruce Weisbrot
Dentistry 43 years experience
If: If you don't do the therapy you will have a less than perfect outcome. It is vitally important to do.
Dr. Atique Mirza
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 32 years experience
Ignore: Start slow and gradual to reach your preoperative health status.
Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 37 years experience
Ignore: Sometimes you can do it yourself, but you can do damage and slow your recovery without guidance.
Dr. Bradford Romans
A Verified Doctoranswered
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Ignore: Rehab is the quickest path to full recovery.
Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Ignore: Friend! doing anything alone may require much more discipline! preferably a drill sergeant!
Dr. Thomas Long
General Practice 44 years experience
Ignore: Please know that you are not traveling on this journey alone. All around you other souls reside.
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Ignore: A trained professional is needed to assure that a patient uses good form.
Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery 44 years experience
Ignore: Be punctual to get maximum benefit from pt with a good therapist. Do regular home exercises as well.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Ignore: "sometimes it's smart to pause ; reflect before you take that next step." jane pauley.
Dr. Dennis Giannini
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 37 years experience
Slow but steady: Start easy and don't overdo it. The biggest mistake i see is people overdo it, then are unable to resume the program for many days. I recommend starting with low-impact cardiovascular exercise, gentle stretching and light weights. Follow physician and physical therapist guidance. Remember slow but steady wins the race.
Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 42 years experience
Ignore: Find a therapist that you think is both nice and smart and try to follow what they advise.
Dr. Steven Busuttil
Surgery - Vascular 34 years experience
Ignore: Persevere - remember progress will be slow but will improve.
Dr. Steven Busuttil
Surgery - Vascular 34 years experience
Ignore: The "no pain no gain" idea is more myth than fact.
Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 42 years experience
Ignore: You need to do exercises at home, in addition to the exercises done while you are in therapy.
Dr. Mara Fiorentino
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Ignore: Your body needs time and energy to recover after surgery or injury. Be gentle with yourself !
Dr. Ronald Krauser
A Verified Doctoranswered
Rheumatology 53 years experience
Ignore: There is no trick. Either you have the discipline to stay the course or you don't.
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
If: If you have a traumatic brain injury, do avoid sedating medications.
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
Amantadine: Amantadine can be a beneficial medication to help speed recovery during rehabilitation, ask your doc!
Dr. Warren Strudwick
Sports Medicine 31 years experience
Ignore: Be patient. Follow your rehab protocol. Listen to your doctor and therapist.

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