Post Op Rehab

Post Op Rehab - Newcastle Sports Physiotherapist - Hunter Physio Broadmeadow

Experienced post op physiotherapy in Newcastle – to get you back to normal activities as soon as possible.

Any orthopaedic surgical procedure requires precise physiotherapy rehab in order to maximise the outcome. Some procedures don’t require much rehab at all, whereas other procedures can take many months to achieve a full recovery.

Experience With Post-Op Protocols

The physiotherapists at Hunter Physio have the expertise and experience to assist you with a return to full function, in the quickest time possible, with efficient post operative rehabilitation programs.

Located in Broadmeadow, our post-operative physiotherapists can guide you for all rehabilitation programs involving the hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, foot and spine.

We have up to date, effective and safe physio rehab programs for multiple conditions. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Replacement
  • ACL Reconstruction
  • Rotator Cuff Tendon Repair
  • Sub Acromial Decompression
  • SLAP repair
  • Achilles Tendon Repair
  • Hip Arthroscope
  • Knee Arthroscope
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Ankle Stabilisation / Ligament Repair
  • Tendon reconstruction
  • Spinal Surgeries

ACL Rehabilitation & Sports Physiotherapy Newcastle

Have you injured your Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)?

Did you know that research has shown that 5 weeks of intense prehab (rehab before surgery) gives you better knee strength and outcomes, both before and after surgery?

To make sure you get the most out of your ACL reconstruction, it is recommended that you get comprehensive pre and post surgery rehab by experienced sports physiotherapists.

What Can My Physio Do To Help?

At Hunter Physio your pre-surgery rehab and post-reconstruction rehab includes:

  • Reduction of pain and swelling
  • Increasing your knee’s range of motion
  • Strengthening
  • Balance training
  • Hopping, jumping and landing practice
  • Prevention of other injuries and compensations in the ankle and hip.
Post Op Rehab - Newcastle Sports Physiotherapist - Hunter Physio Broadmeadow

Do I need to have an ACL reconstruction?

You should make an informed decision after discussing it with health professionals such as your Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Physiotherapist.
You need to consider what structure/s were injured, what level of sport/activity you want to return to, and whether your knee can regain the level of function you want without surgery.

Some things to consider are:

  1. Does your knee buckle or give way when supporting your weight? If it does give way, especially after a period of rehabilitation, you may be more likely to benefit from surgery.
  2. Consider the type of sports and activities you want to do. Surgery is more commonly recommended if you want to return to sports that involve cutting and twisting motions such as soccer, rugby league, netball, skiing and touch football


Rehabilitation after ACL Reconstruction?

A surgical reconstruction does not mean you don’t have to do rehab!

Rehab is essential to build up strength and coordination, and prevent re-injury.

Post Op Rehab - Newcastle Sports Physiotherapist - Hunter Physio Broadmeadow

How Long Do I Need To Continue Physio?

There is no fixed time frame for rehab after surgery. Although there are general guidelines, rehab should progress based on how well you perform in tests of strength, coordination, balance, hopping, agility and fitness.

For the first few months, physiotherapy is generally weekly.
If you are really diligent with your program, the need for regular physio sessions becomes less.
It is recommended that you have at least monthly reviews for about 12 months after your ACL reconstruction. This is especially important to keep you on track so that you meet your goals, and also to reduce your risk of re-injury.

When can I return to sport after a reconstruction?

Every ACL reconstruction has different time frames depending on your goals. Returning to sport should be based on when you can safely and confidently perform a whole range of tests that assess your physical abilities. In addition, you should feel confident in the knee and be able to successfully perform drills and skills that are specific to your sport or activity. Our sports physiotherapists use a series of tests to identify where your physical performance is currently, and to identify areas that may need to be improved.

Am I at risk of re-injury after an ACL reconstruction?

Unfortunately there is a small but increased risk in rupturing your repaired ACL when you return to sport. This is true for both your injured and non-injured legs. This risk can be reduced, however, if you stick to your rehab program for whatever time it takes to improve your physical abilities, before returning to sport. Generally this is between 12-18 months.

Hip Physiotherapy Rehabilitation in Newcastle

Hip Arthroscopy is a relatively new procedure, where orthopedic surgeons perform keyhole surgery on the hip joint. This is a highly technical procedure and the correct hip physiotherapy rehabilitation following hip arthroscopy is of utmost importance.

At Hunter Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists have the specific knowledge and experience to rehabilitate your hip following hip arthroscopy surgery.

Hip Physio Can Help You Feel Better, Faster

Completing thorough rehabilitation after hip arthroscope will get you better results, and allow you to feel better, faster. Generally, it takes approximately 12-16 weeks for the initial recovery following hip arthroscopic surgery, though this is variable depending on the condition of your hip joint pre surgery and the exact nature of the surgery performed. It can take 3-12 months to be fully recovered.

Hip specific physiotherapy rehabilitation focuses on the deep hip external rotator muscle endurance, proprioception / balance, core endurance and gluteal muscle strength.

Specific Rehabilitation

Thorough hip rehabilitation involves specific physiotherapy, tailored to your exact surgery. You must be careful that your hip arthroscopic surgery is not treated like a traditional hip replacement, as you may become very sore, very quickly. Your rehabilitation has a very large impact on your overall recovery, so make sure you see a physiotherapist with expertise and training in this field.

Hip Arthroscopy Rehabilitation

At Hunter Physiotherapy, our physiotherapists can assist with rehabilitation following hip arthroscopy for:

  • Hip Osteoarthritis
  • Labral Tears
  • Ligamentum Teres Tears
  • Femoro-Acetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • CAM & PINCER Deformities
  • Gluteal Tendon pathology / tears
  • Psoas Tendon pathology / tendinopathy
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Lateral Hip Pain
  • Osteochondral Defects

Effective And Safe Rehab

Our physios have lots of experience in providing hip arthroscopy physiotherapy and rehabilitation. This experience allows them to provide effective and safe rehabilitation following your surgery. To assist with your rehabilitation, please bring to your appointment your operation report and any intra-operative photos that your surgeon may have provided you with.