If Your Surgery is Delayed due to COVID, Physical Therapy Can Help


If Your Surgery is Delayed due to COVID, Physical Therapy Can Help

Written by: Professional Physical Therapy

With the spike in COVID cases and consequential staffing shortages, many inpatient and outpatient surgeries are being postponed or delayed. Despite these delays, there is no need to sit back and suffer while waiting. Physical therapy can be a proactive way to reduce pain while increasing mobility and function until surgeries can be rescheduled.

At Professional Physical Therapy, we provide our patients with a full spectrum of care for a faster and stronger recovery. This can start with pre-operative care.

Pre-Op Therapy Value

Pre-op physical therapy plans can vary greatly from patient to patient, but they are designed to enhance a patient’s general health prior to a major surgery that can include:

  • Warmup (i.e., stretching)
  • Cardiovascular Exercises
  • Resistance Training
  • Flexibility Training
  • Functional Tasks
  • In-home care, if necessary
  • Telehealth, if necessary

Patient Results

Participants in preoperative exercise programs can improve their postoperative outcomes.

  • A recent study from Calatayud et al. (2017) found that a high-intensity strength training program for patients scheduled to undergo knee replacement decreased pain and improved lower limb muscle strength and range of motion before surgery. The training resulted in a shorter hospital stay followed by a faster physical and functional recovery after knee replacement.
  • In another study, patients undergoing spinal surgery who had pre-habilitation achieved key recovery milestones in half the time as those without pre-habilitation.

More Patient Benefits

  • Pre-surgery therapy allows you to physically gear up for a procedure and reduces complications after.
  • Patients gain understanding of HEP (Home Exercise Program) exercises and importance of ROM (range of motion) prior to surgery.
  • Set expectations and provide instructions on daily self-care activities.
  • Establishes early relationship with your physical therapist.

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Waiting for surgery is also extremely stressful and troubling for most patients, who do not view their conditions as non-urgent. Don’t wait for your care. If your surgery has been delayed due to COVID and you want to stay active and pain-free leading up to surgery, contact Professional Physical Therapy for a consultation and find out how we can help you!

Editors Note: Preoperative Exercise Outcome Stats Sources:
Nielsen, Nielsen,  Jørgensen, Dahl., Pedersen, & Tønnesen, 2010
Calatayud J, Casaña J, Ezzatvar Y, Jakobsen MD, Sundstrup E, Andersen LL. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2017;25:2864–2872
Nielsen, P. R., Jørgensen, L. D., Dahl, B., Pedersen, T., & Tønnesen, H. (2010). Prehabilitation and early rehabilitation after spinal surgery: randomized clinical trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, 24(2), 137–148. https://doi.org/10.1177/0269215509347432

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