Benefits Of Physical Therapy Before Surgery


When searching for a solution to overcome an injury or chronic pain, surgery should be only considered as the final option. Physical Therapy at ProActive can truly work miracles in most situations as a safer, less expensive, and less invasive alternative.

Top 3 Reasons to see your ProActive PT first:

1: Surgery can be overwhelming, expensive, uncomfortable, and inconvenient. However, early intervention from a ProActive physical therapist may prevent the need for surgery in many cases.
2: Recent research estimates that over 20% of surgeries might be unnecessary and that in some specialties such as orthopedics, that number might be higher.
3: Physical therapy can be the answer to chronic pain without the dangers of opioids.

Many times, physical therapy is necessary in order to proceed through the medical continuum of care.

Sometimes, when you’re suffering from an ache, pain, or injury, you have a pretty good idea of what you’re dealing with and might be able to pinpoint the cause of it. When that is the case, wouldn’t you prefer to get right to your physical therapist to begin treatment? Physical therapy is now widely accepted by insurance agencies that offer direct access in many states. Many states, including Arizona, now offer direct access to physical therapy; meaning a doctor’s referral is not required to receive physical therapy. At ProActive, we pride ourselves on scheduling patients within 24-48 hours, which means we can help you on your road to recovery even faster. If a therapist believes physical therapy isn’t the best solution, they often can refer patients to the correct specialist that can assist them with a full recovery.

Surgeries come with great risk, and not every surgery outcome is without fault.

Many surgeries alter the biomechanics of the affected area by changing the way joints or muscles naturally move. Physical therapy comes in by teaching joints how to move again through a full range of motion. Another complexity of surgery is leftover scar tissue. Anytime muscle is incised during surgery, scar tissue will be left behind. The difficulty with scar tissue is that it can potentially cause major problems with soft tissue mobility and joint mobility.

In most cases, it’s imperative to have physical therapy prior to surgery so that joint strength can be built. The stronger you go into surgery, the stronger you will come out. Putting in this work ahead of time will improve the benefits of rehab following surgery.

Schedule an appointment or visit the team at ProActive Physical Therapy who are here to help you build strength before so that you can be pain-free after. 


ProActive Physical Therapy is empowered by Foothills Therapy Partners (FTP).