A male nurse is helping a male patient flex his arm during physical therapy

Consequences of Not Practicing Physical Therapy

As we all know, physical therapy is important when recovering from surgery to reach your desired physical goals. There can be severe consequences if you don’t regularly keep up with your therapy plan that is customized for you. At South Coast Post Acute, we want you to avoid any mishaps when in post-hospital care. It may not seem like it would be dangerous skipping a therapy session or two, but in fact, it can postpone your recovery for a long time. Here are some of the consequences of not participating in your physical therapy sessions:

Increased Pain: Contrary to popular belief that you should let your muscles rest and relax after surgery, maintaining an immobile state after surgery can actually lead to joints and muscles to stiffen up, which can cause an increase in pain. When recovering from an invasive surgery, regular exercising of the muscles can make sure your muscles stay loose.

Slower Recovery: Missing a physical therapy session will ultimately increase the time you will have to spend in recovery. The reason for this is because the exercises and activities that you will be engaging in a treatment session are designed to help you regain total movement ability.

Reduced Strength: When one does not consistently attend therapy sessions, there is the potential in strength reduction. Physical therapy is designed to improve and strengthen the muscles and movement that were repaired during surgery. Regularly attending physical therapy can improve strength and endurance even after the recovery process.

Here at South Coast Post Acute, we value our residents’ health and comfort. Although physical therapy may be physically demanding at times, it is an important tool to get you back to feeling your best. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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