After orthopaedic surgery, it is necessary to maintain or restore physical fitness. The main goals of postoperative rehabilitation are:
- Educating the patient about allowed and disallowed movements, learning the ergonomics of daily living activities (e.g. standing up, sitting down, changing positions), learning to walk on crutches, and others;
- Preventing post-operative adhesions;
- Work on range of motion - this is important not only for the efficiency of the operated region, but also to maintain optimal biomechanics of the whole body;
- Reducing pain, oedema/swelling;
- Creating the best possible healing conditions for the operated structure, including improving blood circulation and body biomechanics;
- Improving muscle strength and endurance;
- Maintaining optimal soft tissue flexibility.
Working in facilities such as RehaSport in Poznan and Carolina Medical Center in Warsaw, gave us the opportunity to observe the course of operations and gain experience in the management of many different cases.
The greatest experience and special area of our interest are:
- Rehabilitation after reconstruction of ACL (WKP) - anterior cruciate ligament, PCL (WKT) - posterior cruciate ligament;
- Rehabilitation after suturing and/or removal of the meniscus;
- Rehabilitation after suturing of tendons, ligaments, muscles;
- Rehabilitation after hip and knee endoprosthesis;
- Rehabilitation after osteotomies, i.e. cutting of bones and their fusion in order to improve the limb's axis;
- Rehabilitation after cartilage surgery, e.g. stem cell repair, microfracture;
- Rehabilitation after fenestration, discectomy, i.e. removal of part of the intervertebral disc (disc);
- Rehabilitation after foraminotomy, laminectomy;
- Rehabilitation after implant stabilisation surgery.