Be sure to ask your shoulder and elbow doctor this checklist of questions to get the most out of any clinic visit. They will help you have a productive and focused encounter whatever your problem may be.
How many of these procedures do you perform?
What are the risks involved?
What are my options?
What can I do after surgery?
Could the condition return?
Will I do physical therapy?
Many muscle bone and joint problems can be traced to an imbalance in strength, or an increase in stiffness in a particular joint or extremity. And physical therapy is often a first line treatment for this. In many ways the body acts like a very complex machine. Therapy is a way of reconditioning the body to heal itself by restoring normal body mechanics. Therapy can sometimes be a good first line treatment and help you avoid surgery altogether.
Most patients who have an orthopedic procedure need some form of physical therapy. There are many reasons for this:
- to prevent scar tissue
- to strengthen muscles
- to increase overall conditioning
- to assist you in performing normal activities.
Whether you do therapy and how much therapy you do will ultimately will depend on circumstances unique to you and your problem.