Physical Therapy vs. Surgery
Research today shows physical therapy is just as effective as surgery and in some cases, an even better option down the road than surgery itself. Shoulder rotator cuff, knee meniscus, and low back surgeries are prime examples of common surgeries that can be avoided by committing to a physical therapy regime. It's key to remember it isn't a quick fix; therapy is an ongoing process completely tailored to your specific care plan and needs. 8-12 is an average length of time needed for physical therapy. If surgery is absolutely necessary, physical therapy will still play a role in your recovery and rehabilitation. In some cases, "prehab" or physical therapy prior to surgery is recommended to gain strength before the procedure. It all depends on your specific care plan. Tune in as Brianna Hoffarth, DPT, explains the options of repair and recovery.