Orthopaedic surgery and physiotherapy go hand in hand.  Once a surgery is required to assist you in meeting your goals for your injury/condition then we will work with your surgeon to deliver the best possible outcome for you.

 

This starts with prehabilitation which is often beneficial to assist you in preparing for your surgery.  Appropriate preparation beforehand will make your recovery so much easier and beneficial.  The role of “prehab” varies based on your surgery but includes:

 

  • reducing swelling
  • increasing movement of the joint
  • strengthening the muscles around the area
  • improving factors that may have predisposed you to the injury or have developed due to it

 

After your surgery we will work with the surgeon in understanding your surgery and provide the best possible care in the most efficient care program for you.  Our role includes:

 

  • wound management
  • infection control
  • protecting the repair/reconstruction/fixation/replacement
  • education
  • improving range of movement
  • strengthening
  • improving function related to your goals

 

Our focus will be on ensuring the goals of your surgery and post-op care meet with your expectations and goals to improve your quality of life, be it returning to sport, work or playing with the kids or grandkids.

 

Some common orthopaedic surgeries include:

 

  • ACL reconstruction
    • Using a tendon (often your hamstring tendon) to reconstruct your torn anterior cruciate ligament in your knee
  • Rotator cuff repair
    • Fixing the rotator cuff tendon back on to the arm bone
  • Joint replacement (Hip/Knee)
    • Replacing part or all of your osteoarthritic joint with a prosthetic joint
  • Arthroscopic “clean-out”
    • Where a joint is cleaned out of any loose debris that might be floating around or to clean up some loose soft tissue such as joint cartilage
  • Post-fracture open reduction internal fixation (ORIF)
    • After a severe fracture in which the bones do not align the surgeon may use pins and plates or wire to fix your bones together to allow them to heal
  • Shoulder stabilisation
    • Tightening up the shoulder joint after a dislocation to stabilise it
  • Menisectomy
    • Removing part or all of your meniscus (cartilage) in your knee as it is unable to be repaired