Pre & Post Operative Physiotherapy

post operative physiotherapy

Post-operative physiotherapy rehabilitation plays a crucial role in the recovery process following surgery. As physiotherapists, we understand that surgery is only the beginning of the journey towards regaining optimal health, function, and quality of life. At Melbourne Athletic Development, we have vast experience in managing post-operative care for various surgeries, including ACL reconstructions, shoulder and upper limb surgeries, lumbar spine, discectomy, hamstring repair, and many more. Our extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of physiotherapy allow us to tailor rehabilitation programs specifically designed to address the unique needs and goals of each individual patient.

A comprehensive post-operative rehabilitation plan is essential to ensure the best possible outcome for our patients. Our goal at Melbourne Athletic Development is to help you return to your pre-injury activities and reach your peak performance as soon as possible. Through a combination of manual therapy, targeted exercises, and functional training, we strive to promote healing, restore range of motion, enhance strength, and improve overall function. By closely monitoring your progress and adjusting your rehabilitation program accordingly, we are committed to providing the highest level of care and support to help you achieve a successful and speedy recovery

ACL Reconstruction Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in ACL rehab by helping restore strength, flexibility, and balance in the knee through targeted exercises and treatments. It also aids in reducing pain and swelling, improving range of motion, and facilitating a safe and speedy recovery, enabling individuals to regain their function and return to the activities that are meaningful to them

Knee Surgery Rehabilitation

Physiotherapy plays an essential role in the recovery process after knee surgeries such as meniscal tears, ACL and PCL ruptures, and damages to the medial and lateral collateral ligaments. At Melbourne Athletic Development, our team of expert physiotherapists designs customized rehabilitation programs for each client, catering to their specific needs and recovery goals. The rehabilitation process typically involves targeted exercises to restore strength, flexibility, and balance in the knee, along with strategies to manage pain and reduce inflammation. These exercises not only aid in a speedy recovery but also help to prevent future injuries and complications. Furthermore, we employ data collection and objective strength testing, which serve as reliable tools for tracking progress and guiding our clinical decision-making. This approach ensures that clients are only advanced to more challenging exercises or returned to sport when they are truly ready, thereby reducing the risk of re-injury and ensuring the best possible outcomes.

Back Surgery Physiotherapy

Rehabilitation from a physiotherapist after spinal surgery is of paramount importance as it assists in improving mobility, strength, and flexibility while reducing pain and stiffness.
The physiotherapist provides a customised exercise program and manual therapy techniques to optimise recovery, enhance posture, and retrain movement patterns, ultimately helping the patient return to normal activities safely and efficiently.

Shoulder Surgery Rehabilitation

Physiotherapy is instrumental in the recovery process following rotator cuff repair surgery, as it helps to gradually rebuild strength, mobility, and flexibility in the shoulder through prescribed exercises. Furthermore, it aids in managing pain, reducing inflammation, and preventing stiffness, thereby enhancing the patient’s overall functional ability and quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my injury take to recover?

This is probably our most common question. Whilst some injuries have clearer timelines such as fracture healing, most injuries are caused by multiple factors. For this reason to allow you to fully recover and reduce your risk of re-injury the rehabilitation process requires addressing most if not all of these causative modifiable factors. These commonly include strength, flexibility or movement features that require improvement to reduce your risk of re-injury.

I’m in pain, is physio right for me?

Our approach and the approach of most physios is to address the immediate issue of pain initially. This is commonly done by applying manual therapy (hands-on treatment) and inflammatory and pain management techniques (compression, heat, cold or water therapies, medical input). The second phase of the rehabilitation process is to address the modifiable factors that caused the injury. As described above there may be several of these factors, for this reason, the rehabilitation process may require time for your body to adapt and improve.

My pain is gone, do I still need to come in for rehab?

Pain management is the first important part of the management of any injury. The second is to remove or reduce the modifiable factors that caused the injury. For this reason, continuing an extensive rehabilitation process to address these factors such as improving, strength, power, endurance, flexibility and movement mechanics, allow patients to be in the best position to reduce the likelihood of re-injury.

What are some of the common injuries that Melbourne Athletic Development Physiotherapists treat?

With experience working with patients across the general populace all the way to elite sport we have experience with many common presentations such as:

  • Back Pain

  • Neck Pain

  • Tendon Pain

  • Running Injuries

  • Running Related Stress Fractures

  • Shoulder Injuries

  • Hamstring Strain Injuries

  • Knee Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury

  • Post Surgical Physiotherapy