Preparing for surgery typically includes planning transportation, taking time off from work, organizing childcare, preparing meals ahead of time, and setting up your home to be as comfortable as possible during recovery. During all of this preparation, wouldn’t you think preparing your body for surgery would be the most important aspect? ABSOLUTELY!
The best way to prepare the body for surgery is to seek out a physical therapist for prehabilitation treatment prior to your breast reduction surgery. Prehabilitation or “prehab” involves designing an individualized exercise program to improve functional capacity and decrease recovery time after surgery.
Not only is physical therapy essential to prepare for surgery, but also necessary to recover from it as well! Individualized physical therapy treatment after breast reduction surgery addresses muscle weakness, shoulder dysfunction, back pain, scarring, aerobic deconditioning, and much more to ensure best surgery outcomes!
1. Surgery may be covered by insurance
For many women considering breast reduction surgery, the main reason for consultation is because of low back pain, neck pain, or shoulder pain related to large breast size. Additional physical symptoms, such as pain with prolonged sitting, standing, poor posture, and difficulty with physical activity because of your breast size allows for a physical therapist to document your impairments to prove the medical necessity of surgery.
2. Improved mental health
3. Increased physical fitness
4. Decreased recovery time after surgery
5. Pain management
As mentioned earlier in this post, the main reason for breast reduction surgery is because of low back pain, neck pain, or shoulder pain related to large breast size. Physical therapy will include manual therapy interventions aimed to mitigate your back pain and get you feeling great as you prepare for breast reduction surgery.
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