Typical orthopedic surgeries are performed to correct issues with bones, ligaments, tendons and joints. Rehabilitation with a physical therapist is usually needed right after surgery to help your child heal. Rehabilitation can last up to several weeks or months depending on the severity. The surgeon or doctor caring for your child will help direct the therapy.
AdvaCare Clinics, located in Bloomington MN, offers a Pediatric rehabilitation approach that focuses on helping young patients, and their parents, understand the condition and treatment the child is experiencing. Based on the needs of the patient, our physical therapists and chiropractors will work with other members of the rehabilitation team to create a retraining program tailored to your child’s needs to restore maximum function and mobility to the body.
Depending on the type of surgery and the body part involved, symptoms will be different. The body’s natural reaction to any injury includes inflammation and pain. Being bedridden, and having a cast or splint on a body part during healing, can cause tight muscles and fatigue.
The physical therapy evaluation typically occurs shortly after the surgery. Your child should wear loose clothing that they can move in and that will allow the therapist to see the affected area.
The therapist will ask you about the history of the injury and surgery. They will discuss how the surgery has affected your child’s ability to complete daily activities. The therapist will take measurements of how well your child moves, their strength and endurance. The therapist will ask about pain. Then, the therapist will come up with therapy goals with you and together you will decide on a plan of care.
Common Rehab Treatment Interventions:
Treatment varies according to the type of surgery. Many surgeons have a protocol they provide to direct therapist. Treatment may include but is not limited to:
- management of pain and swelling
- training to help your child mobile
- strengthening activities
- walking activities
- stair training
The Physical Therapist may use Other Holistic Modalities Including:
- massage therapy
- heat/ice therapy
- electrical stimulation
- Manual adjustments
- and many more…
As your child heals and gets stronger the therapy will focus more on being able to perform daily activities. Call AdvaCare Clinics (952) 835-6653 today if you have any questions about any of our therapies or to schedule a complimentary screening. Our screenings have the ability to determine what treatments would be the most beneficial for you. We have many screenings that take about 5 to 10 minutes to assess if you need care and what combination of care would best work for you.