Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation
Sports Physical Therapy
plays an important role in your full return to sport after an orthopaedic
orthopaedic surgeon may recommend physical therapy prior to and after your
surgery, and your
physical therapist works closely with the surgeon to provide a safe, but rapid,
return to full, sport participation.
Our facility provides sport-specific equipment and rehabilitation techniques
based on your particular needs.
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Common Orthopaedic Surgical Procedures
- Tommy John Surgery to repair the Ulnar Collateral Ligament at the elbow (most commonly seen in baseball pitchers)
- Shoulder labral, rotator cuff, and joint capsule repairs
- Arthroscopic shoulder and knee debridement
- Arthroscopic hip surgery
- Knee ligament repair (ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL)
- Meniscal repairs
- Patellar lateral release
- Patellar tendon repair
- Achilles tendon repairs
Sport Injury Rehabilitation
It is common to be referred for physical therapy prior to your surgical
procedure. This may be only one session for education about post-operative
expectations, instruction about using assistive devices, or a few exercises to
help prepare the body for surgery. It may also be necessary to extend
pre-operative rehabilitation to regain appropriate range of motion or
strengthening necessary to improve the chances of a successful surgery and
overall rehabilitation outcome. The need for pre-surgical rehabilitation will
be determined by your physician.
Physical therapy may begin as soon as the day
after your surgical procedure, as determined by your physician. Your initial
visit may include an assessment of your current joint mobility, muscle
flexibility, strength, swelling, pain, and your ability to
perform general movements
for daily home and community activities. You will also be educated about
specific post-operative precautions and restrictions if necessary. A home
exercise program is generally started on the first visit.
A Personalized Approach to Sport Injury Rehabilitation
Many rehabilitation protocols are specific for the surgical procedures
performed and have been derived by surgeons and physical therapists to provide
a safe, effective rehabilitation progression. Not all surgeries have specific treatment guidelines,
in which case, the physical therapists will utilize knowledge of
healing and tissue repair, assessment of your specific deficits, and your
responses to prior treatments, to progress therapeutic treatments.
Return to sport is determined by the physical
therapist and orthopaedic surgeon. A variety of physical testing and drills
will be performed, possibly including isokinetic testing and high-speed video
analysis, to determine if the athletes’ strength, range of motion, flexibility,
and agility are appropriate for a safe return.
Learn about all the Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation treatments available at Wake Forest Baptist Health.