How soon after an injury or procedure should I send a patient for physical therapy?

The patient should be seen as early as possible. Whether the patient is s/p THR or s/p CABG, peer reviewed, evidence based literature has proven that most individuals will benefit from PT on their first post-operative day. The days of bed rest long gone, as its effects have been proven detrimental and even fatal to the patient.

The earlier a patient is seen, the quicker the recovery and the shorter the overall duration of their care. Treatment will be modified according to the stage injury, fracture status, date of the surgical repair and the patient's signs and symptoms.

Patient education regarding their physical status, proper gait training techniques, post operative precautions, home/lifestyle modifications and home exercise program are best initiated immediately. Therefore, generally speaking, it is never too early for PT!

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