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A 36-year-old male asked:

Please share an interesting fact about physical rehabilitation following surgery or injury.

56 doctor answers90 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lisa Hogan
General Surgery 36 years experience
No: No smoking; reduce muscle spasm with heat; physical therapy to increase strength & flexibility.
Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
Rheumatology 26 years experience
Physical: Physical therapy can relieve your lower back pain.
Dr. Myra Skluth
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Improvement: Myth: improvement is only possible for a limited amount of time.
Dr. Vernon Barton
General Practice 53 years experience
What: What you don't use, you lose. Start right after the acute pain is gone by gradually adding more activity.
Dr. Alex Meyers
Hand Surgery 26 years experience
Therapy: Therapy for shoulder injuries/pain works well. Many patients don't seem to believe it can.
Dr. Suzanne Fiala
Family Medicine 31 years experience
PT: Pt after back surgery can literally make the difference between failure and success of the surgery.
Dr. Marvin Den
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Stick: Stick with it. It is hard at first but easier as you progress.
Dr. Monib Zirvi
Dermatology 22 years experience
Stretching: Stretching muscle groups prior to use reduces the risk of injury during therapy and exercise.
Dr. Bradford Romans
A Verified Doctoranswered
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Be: Be engaged and try to do everything your therapist ask of you. If its too painful, communicate this.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
It: It is a myth that you should stay in bed. Get active as soon as possible.
Dr. Mitchell Vogel
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Listen: Listen to your therapist and your body during your rehab.
Dr. Joshua Marks
13 years experience
Post: Post surgical rehab is not only beneficial for the patient but family as well. We educate patient and family.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
Therapy: Therapy generally helps get us better faster and make a better recovery.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 13 years experience
Smokers: Smokers heal from injuries or surgery 1.7 times slower than non-smokers. Quit for a faster recovery!
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 15 years experience
Most: Most patients underestimate how weak they can get after being off their feet for a while.
Dr. Gary-Anthony Lawson-Boucher
Anesthesiology 23 years experience
Patients: Patients initially over estimate their strength or ability. Keep this in mind to reduce injuries.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 43 years experience
Being: Being overly aggressive can slow your progress. Patience.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Physical: Physical rehab shortens the recovery period.
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
39 years experience
Always : Helpful to reduce post-op pain and swelling. Increases range of motion and strengthens muscles.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 30 years experience
Doing: Doing your exercises on days you don't have physical therapy is key. Perfect technique on days u do.
Dr. Alexander Barkan
General Surgery 25 years experience
What kind of surgery: If you are bed ridden after a surgery for a prolonged period of time then you need physical therapy.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 30 years experience
Rehab: Rehab docs do a 4 year residency in physical medicine & may subspecialize in pain, stroke, sports...
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 30 years experience
Chest: Chest physical therapy helps patients with lung infections heal better and faster.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 30 years experience
There: There are rehab sub-specialists in stroke, traumatic brain injury, pediatrics, cardiac, sports pain.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Post: Post-surgical rehab will help prevent recurrent injury at the same site and new injury elsewhere.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Going: Going through the "motions" is not a waste of time or energy. It makes you better than before.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Follow: Follow physical therapist's advice exactly. Try not to force yourself and be patient.
Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery 40 years experience
Rehabilitation: Rehabilitation results are totally dependent on the effort you (not therapists) , put into it.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
In: In many states, you can be evaluated and treated by a physical therapist without seeing your doctor.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Surgery: Surgery may be essential to restore anatomy but rehab is the key to enhancing & restoring function.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
People: People who are diligent with physical therapy heal faster with overall less discomfort
Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology 30 years experience
If: If wrist splints are not enough, steroid shots can help carpal tunnel syndrome
Dr. Zahid Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery 40 years experience
Ulnar: Ulnar nerve injury can cause claw hand deformity.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
A Verified Doctoranswered
41 years experience
Restored: Restored my function completely after a brain bleed, five skull drillings and a full craniotomy... Never give up.
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
The: The rehab process is not more painful. It actually helps decrease pain faster.
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
The: The success of a knee replacement depends on the surgery and the post operative rehab both.
Dr. Timothy Silver
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 25 years experience
Starting: Starting your rehabilitation before an elective procedure can shorten the rehab period afterwards.
Dr. Gene Tekmyster
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 14 years experience
Can't agree more. The better shape you're in going into a procedure or surgery, the easier and quicker you will get better afterwards.
Jan 24, 2015
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Most: Most insurance plans cover rehabilitation.
Dr. Shira Miller
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
It's: Myth: it's too expensive. Fact: investing in your health is priceless.
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
Psychiatry 29 years experience
Dissapointment: Dissapointment with short term results is a common cause of withdrawal and failure. Stay faithful.
Dr. Daniel Schainholz
Ophthalmology 35 years experience
Healing: Healing is a process, and frustration is predictable. If you are not for yourself, who will be?
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Try: Try to keep a positive additude. The bible says a cheerful heart is good medicine.
Dr. Emily Ridgway
22 years experience
Nerves: Nerves grow about 1 millimeter a day.
Dr. George Smith
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Most: Most of the benefits will come when you do the suggestions at home, so learn well when there.
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Follow: Follow your surgeon's advice implicitly and work hard!
Dr. Irving Harper
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
Ignore: Try to find a pt clinic that has lots of experience treating your specific problem.
Dr. Tod Haller
Ophthalmology 17 years experience
Ignore: People think they can do it alone, but it should be with a trained professional bc form is important.
Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery 44 years experience
Ignore: You got to do it, to get better. Remember no pain, no gain.
Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 42 years experience
Ignore: Just liknot all physical therapists are good which is the same as doctors.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Ignore: Time heals. So does hard work. Be strong!
Dr. Moshe Lewis
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 26 years experience
Ignore: Strengthening your Core can help augment physical rehabilitation following surgery or injury.
Dr. Craig Morton
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 19 years experience
Ignore: Rehabilitation after surgery or injury can help you recover faster and prevent future injury.
Dr. Douglas Chang
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 22 years experience
Ignore: An interesting fact: rehabilitation actually begins best before (and not after) surgery..."prehab".
Dr. Mark Hinrichs
Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Ignore: You lose 1 -2 % of muscle strength a day in an unused muscle, so it's pretty easy to become weak.
Dr. David Sniezek
Pain Management 39 years experience
Ignore: Effective rehabilitation following surgery is often just as important as the surgery itself.
Dr. Kenith Paresa
Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Ignore: Not all stretching is good. Always warm up before strenuous activity.

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