Importance of Pain Control After Surgery

Importance of Pain Control After Surgery 

The weeks, months, and often years, post-surgery are crucial for recovery. Pain is one of the most debilitating symptoms that must be given special attention to improve quality of life for patients. In order to help one get back into their daily routine after a surgery, physical therapy is one of the most successful treatments in managing pain. 

Directional Preference

To gain baseline information to asses severity and location of pain in patients motion and strength testing is utilized. This method allows patients and physical therapists to gain a more specific understanding of one’s pain and how it affects their ability to move functionally.  From there, it is easier to plan an appropriate course of action designed to target each individual’s pain. Our pain management Lehigh Valley physical therapists will determine exercises to strengthen weak areas, accompanied with manipulation to increase mobility of joints and soft tissue. Exercises to strengthen weak areas causing pain generally aim to increase stability at the joint by targeting all surrounding muscles. This will increase strength, promote proper muscle activation, increase resilience to injury, and improve pain levels. The two most common target areas are core and spine, see below for example exercises for stretching and strengthening your core and spine:

How to Control Your Pain

After surgery, you and your surgeon will decide the best course of action in controlling your pain. This will be best off of your medical history, surgical history, and response to the surgery. Often your surgeon will suggest seeking a pain specialist. Our physical therapists in Lehigh Valley at Transform Rehabilitation have been specifically trained in pain management. We take careful steps in getting your pain under control. Some tips our physical therapists in Lehigh Valley at Transform Rehabilitation find most helpful can be found below. 

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Prone Press Up

Light Exercise

Light exercise and activity, like walking around your neighbor, swimming, and gardening can be an effective tool when trying to lessen your pain. Light activity can stretch stiff joints and tense muscles. Many people hesitate to participate in any form of activity when in they are in pain, it’s only natural. However, a gradual increase in activity can prove more effective than you think. Although you may experience some pain initially, it is most often that that is because the muscles and joints are getting fitter. 

 

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Lumbar Extension on GHD

Relaxation

Although you may find it difficult to relax while experiencing pain, it is very important to try to relax. Practicing relaxation methods can be very resourceful while trying to relieve yourself of pain. There are several relaxation methods that could benefit you. Meditation, breathing techniques, and yoga are all relaxation techniques that can provide you with some relief. One of these techniques may include tai chi. Tai chi is a Chinese martial arts practice that has various health benefits and is a prime example of meditation. If this is something that interests you, our own physical therapist in the Lehigh Valley is trained in this practice and has found it to be highly beneficial for many of his patients. 

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Lunge with Trunk Rotation

Sleep, sleep, sleep

Sleep is one of the most important things a person can do in the world. Just getting a good 6-8 hours of sleep nightly has profound health benefits such as retaining memory, boosted immune system, prevent weight gain, increase productivity, and rejuvenation from pain. Although it may be difficult to get a proper night sleep while under pain, it is extremely important to attempt to stick to a nightly routine. Go to bed each evening at a certain time and get up from bed at a certain time. Sleep is the best time for your body to heal, so it will be important to stick to a routine. 

The Hope – Total Pain Control
The tests and exercises from our pain management Lehigh Valley physical therapists will help assess and eventually eliminate your back pain. Some people can do this on their own, but most will need professional pain management help. If you find yourself in need of some additional help, consult an experienced physical therapy professional in your local area. If that area happens to be the the Lehigh Valley, Transform Rehabilitation would be glad to help you get back to your normal, active life.

Talk to the Physical Therapists at Transform Rehabilitation. They can advise you on the most effective pain management treatment. For more details, visit our services page. To make an appointment, click here.

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