Post-op Rehabilitation

Ease the pain

Did you recently undergo an operation? Not sure where to go from here?


An operation is generally very traumatic for the body. Whatever area was treated, pain, swelling and bruising is often unavoidable. This can restrict you in your daily activities.

But patients are often left with little guidance on what to do next. And it can be very stressful, if you don’t know when you can start putting more weight on that leg or whether removing a shoulder sling for a few hours during the day is possible or not.

Time to take control

We believe that knowing what is safe to do or not is key to a successful recovery. That’s why we always start our treatments with a precise assessment of the area that has been operated on.


This will help us determine at what stage of recovery you are and establish what rehabilitation programme is required.

Seeing a physiotherapist after an operation is also very useful to avoid complications. Patients can, for example, develop a frozen shoulder for staying too immobile after a wrist operation or injury.

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What happens next?

When you just had an operation, we always follow a similar treatment protocol:


  1. Ease the pain: We will help your body recover by calming the pain, the inflammation and bruising.
  2. Rehabilitation: To get you back on your feet, we will establish a bespoke rehab programme for you.
Post-op rehab massage
Post-op rehab exercises

What can be done about it?

During the first days and weeks following your operation, we will first focus on calming the pain, reducing the inflammation and the bruising. We will also work on getting you as much mobility as possible to make your life easier.


At this point during your post-op rehab process, your body needs rest to get over the trauma. This is an important step to recovery and the sooner you can be seen by a physiotherapist, the better!


We have the choice of several treatments to help you feel better after an operation, e.g.:


  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Taping
  • Electrotherapy
  • Joint mobilisations
  • Advice on what to do at home and possible equipment required to facilitate your recovery

The post-op rehabilitation programme

Next step is to get you back to strength. This means that as soon as your injured muscle, tendon, ligament or joint can start to move, we will encourage it to move.


Doing this as soon as possible and in the right way will help you heal faster.  This will also help avoid compensations which could cause issues later on.

It’s very important to time and plan rehabilitation right. Do too much too soon, and you will risk another injury. Do too little, you will lengthen your recovery for no good reason. Having the right loading strategy at the right time is crucial to your recovery.

We will guide you towards full fitness. Pushing you (hard) when we know you can and holding you back, if you are at risk of doing too much.

Whether you only want to be able to manage light daily activities or to go down black ski runs at 100 mph, it’s the same to us. We want to help to go back to what you love doing. And we will make sure that you do!

If you are unsure if you’re ready to start physiotherapy, get in touch for a free callback. This way we can discuss how we can help and when is the best time for you to come and see us.

Typical post-op conditions seen at the clinic

Here is a list of the most common pre-/post-op rehabilitation we offer in our physiotherapy clinic in Dunfermline, Fife:


  • Back and neck operations
  • SLAP repair
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Shoulder decompression
  • Tennis or golfers elbow release
  • Thumb dislocation
  • Hip replacement or resurfacing
  • Knee operation or replacement
  • ACL/PCL repair
  • Meniscus repair
  • Patella dislocation
  • Ankle replacement
  • Foot operation