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When Should I Start PT After Surgery?

Physical therapy (PT) following a surgical procedure plays a critical role in the healing and recovery process. However, many people are unsure when the right time to start PT actually is. In this blog, we will discuss the general guidelines for starting PT after surgery and how it can help with your recovery.

When to Start PT

The timing of when to initiate PT after a surgery varies depending on several factors, including the type of surgery you had, your overall health, the recovery process, and your surgeon’s preference/protocol. In general, it is recommended to start PT within 1-2 weeks after surgery for

most procedures. It is important to consult with your surgeon and physical therapist to get a specific timeline and guidelines for your recovery. They will consider factors such as the type of surgery, the extent of your injury, and your overall health to determine the right timing for you.

Why Start Physical Therapy Soon After Surgery

Beginning PT soon after surgery can help you recover faster and more effectively. Physical therapy can help reduce pain and swelling, increase strength and flexibility, and improve mobility. By starting PT early, you can also minimize the risk of developing complications such as muscle weakness, joint stiffness, and scar tissue formation. Physical therapy can also help you regain normal movement patterns, which can help you get back to your daily activities and return to work more quickly.

Moreover, physical therapy can help you prevent future injuries by teaching you proper body mechanics and posture.


Starting physical therapy soon after surgery is important for a successful and speedy recovery. The right

timing for initiating physical therapy varies, but it is often recommended to start within 1-2 weeks after surgery. Always consult with your surgeon and physical therapist to get specific guidelines for your recovery and to make sure that you are starting physical therapy at the right time for you. Physical therapy after surgery can help reduce pain, improve mobility, increase strength, and prevent future injuries, so it is an essential component of your recovery process.

Dynamic Edge Physiotherapy is happy to answer any questions you may have about post-op physical therapy: 203-978-3343


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