If you’re facing surgery to repair an injury, the hardest part leading up to the procedure is not dwelling on it. Most people know that getting through the actual surgery is the easy part and it's the recovery that can be difficult. Following through with the aftercare plan your doctor provides for you is the most important part to long term recovery. 

After any surgery, the most important aspects of the healing process involves strengthening the area and improving both range of motion and flexibility. While it’s important to exercise and strengthen the area of the injury, nearby areas will also need attention. Your endurance as well as your flexibility will have decreased during the time you were injured. Part of your recovery will be to address and treat each of these areas equally.

Post-Surgical Rehab and the Recovery Process

Surgeries that involve replacing a joint or repairing extensive damage can be extremely uncomfortable for the first week or so after the procedure. Post-surgical rehab helps reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and increase range of motion and flexibility. While this is a gradual process, therapy that is provided three to four times a week will hasten the healing process while supporting the surrounding tissues.

The exercises chosen by the therapist will be geared towards not only strengthening the injured area but other nearby muscle groups as well. Knee surgery will require exercises that address the legs, while shoulder surgery would involve exercises involving the arms and upper back. During your recovery period, your overall lack of exercise and activity can cause several things to occur: you may begin to lose your muscle tone and/0r it may also be harder for you to breathe when you try to exert yourself. Your therapist will take these things into account and your therapy sessions will be designed to eliminate these issues.

Post Rehab

I am a Southern California girl, born and raised. I have always been an active person and jumped into any sport or activity that I could get involved with while growing up. I am a big believer in team sports and everything you can learn from them. I love any sort of competition and am always up for a challenge. I think these factors are a major part of who I am today and why I chose to become a PTA.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara and spent 4 years reinforcing my will power by fighting the urge to spend every day on the beach. I received my PTA degree from Loma Linda University where I was blessed with the chance to learn and develop my love for physical therapy and for people as a whole. I have been lucky enough to spend the last 3 years combining my passion for helping people with my love for activity by teaching people how to improve their quality of life and return to what they miss doing most.  

I enjoy travelling and dream of exploring the world as much as I can. I like to experience new places, cultures, and especially new foods. I enjoy cooking and baking but my favorite part is the eating. It’s impossible to keep me out of the sunshine and the fresh air during my free time. Most days off, you can find me either with friends and family or walking through the neighborhood parks with my pup Grady as he enjoys his favorite activity - chasing squirrels.

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