Anytime you need orthopedic surgery, have an injury, or get diagnosed with a chronic joint condition (like arthritis), you probably need to go through physical therapy. Miami’s leading orthopedic surgeon, Cesar E. Ceballos, MD, helps customize a physical therapy rehabilitation plan of treatment based on your condition. Because you can see both your orthopedic surgeon and your physical therapist under one roof at OrthoMiami, you get a signature treatment that’s above and beyond traditional rehab plans. You can go through physical therapy at OrthoMiami even if you’ve been treated elsewhere. Call or book a consultation online to get started with your rehabilitation.
It depends on the severity of your injury and whether you need surgery. Dr. Ceballos generally gets you started with two to three physical therapy sessions weekly. For minor injuries, you may finish up your physical therapy in less than a month. But for major injuries or reconstructive surgeries, it’s typical to need physical therapy sessions several times a week for up to six months or more.
With many orthopedic surgeries, Dr. Ceballos wants you to get moving about a day or so after surgery — even with most knee and hip replacement surgeries. While this might sound overwhelming, you have someone by your side providing the help and support you need.
Generally patients start with static (passive) exercises after orthopedic surgery. Your physical therapist does the movements for you while you relax. These exercises help with mobility and blood flow, but don’t typically cause you any pain while your body recovers.
Once you’re cleared, you gradually start working on muscle-building exercises, while gently working on flexibility and joint mobility. Each week, you learn new exercises or add more weight to the exercises you’ve already learned.
Physical activity is a big part of physical therapy, although you also go through additional types of recovery treatments. Your sessions can include:
Your physical therapy doesn’t stop when you leave the office. You get homework with each visit. These custom exercise and conditioning plans are activities for you to do between physical therapy sessions. You need to work on them each day, sometimes several times per day.
When you start working out with a personal trainer, you may be sore as your muscles wake up and start working. The same is true with a physical therapist. This is why you often have to sit with heat or ice on your injury for several minutes before leaving the office — it decreases pain and inflammation.
While you might be slightly sore after an intense physical therapy session, you shouldn’t be in pain. If at any time you experience pain during or between sessions, let your physical therapist know. They can adjust your plan to help minimize discomfort.