Surgery vs Physical Therapy

DR. CHRISTIANA MARRON

SURGERY IS MY ONLY OPTION…

MYTH! In many cases, physical therapy has been shown to be AS effective as surgery in treating a wide range of conditions- from rotator cuff tears and degenerative disc disease, to meniscal tears and some forms of osteoarthritis. Those who have recently seen a physical therapist knows this to be true, with 79% (Move Forward, 2018) believing physical therapy can provide an alternative to surgery.

When Do I Choose Surgery?

Of course there will be times when surgery is necessary and the best option at the time. When injuries or chronic degeneration/derangement occurs in the body where it alters the patients status of life, surgery IS necessary. In these circumstances especially- patients, physicians, physical therapists and/or surgeons (or any other medical staff personnel) MUST all work together to determine what is right for the patient, both immediately and long term. At the same time it is also important for the patient to be their own advocate and to speak up/inquire about physical therapy as an alternative.

 

Why Choose Physical Therapy?

Surgery may not always be the best first course of action. A certified board physical therapist, in many cases, can help patients avoid the unnecessary risks and expenses of surgery. Physical therapists are experts in improving mobility and restoring motion. The individualized treatment approach is very important in the early phases of rehabilitation in order to achieve desired functional outcomes and avoid setbacks or complications.

WHY IS PHYSICAL THERAPY IMPORTANT IF I DO NEED SURGERY?
Finding a certified board physical therapist that is knowledgeable and attentive is key in guiding you through the process BEFORE and AFTER any surgery or procedure. “Pre-habilitation” is defined as a physical and/or lifestyle preparation designed to improve recovery time following surgery (physical therapy before surgery). The goal of “Prehab” is to ultimately increase functional capacity of individuals by ramping up physical activity prior to the procedure. By doing this, the body becomes preconditioned to endure the stress of inactivity during the initial recovery process. It’s easiest to think of it almost as a jumpstart for the post-procedure healing process.
 

NOW WHAT ABOUT AFTER SURGERY?
If you were to ask any orthopedic specialist, they will tell you that the success of a given treatment is heavily influenced by compliance with physical therapy recommendations. Following surgery- bones, muscles and soft tissues undergo a period of healing. Failure to use the joint may cause it to heal improperly. This can limit range of motion, flexibility, function of the joint and the overall surgical outcome. This is why it is ESSENTIAL to follow your plan of care given by your physical therapist for adequate healing time and proper return to sport/work.
 
 

-Has your doctor ever told you the only resolution to your injury/complaint was surgery?
-Are you feeling pressured into having surgery?
-Would you like to have a 

conservative plan of care to help you return to your healthy lifestyle?

 

IF YOU HAVE ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS, CLICK THE BUTTON BELOW AND SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH DR. CHRISTIANA MARRON, DPT, GTS, CPT, CSCS.
 

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