Pre- & Post-Operative Surgery




Physical therapy is often indicated prior to surgery to maximize joint motion and improve overall strength and endurance prior to undergoing a number of surgeries. There has been extensive research that indicates that the stronger you are prior to surgery, the faster your recovery will be. Post-operatively, physical therapy is and should be indicated to help speed your recovery and help to return you to full function.

Treatment goals typically include: minimizing the adverse effects of the surgery such as pain and swelling, restoring normal movement, increase flexibility and overall function, and helping to recover lost strength.


Some of the more common post surgical conditions treated in our clinic are:


Total  Joint Replacements

This is a surgery in which the worn surfaces of the joint are removed and replaced with a new metal surface.  Rehab starts within a few hours after surgery and continue for  the next 3 months or longer.  You will learn how to use your new joint and return to normal activities. Typical joints include shoulders, hips, knees, and ankle.


Ligament or tendon reconstructions or repair

A surgical procedure to correct damaged or torn tendons.  Most common examples would be Rotator Cuff Repair and Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction.


Open reduction, internal fixation of fractures

Often abbreviated as ORIF, this is a method of surgically repairing a fractured bone.  Generally this involves either the use of plates and screws or an intramedullary rod to stabilize the bone.


Low Back and cervical surgeries

Discectomy: This is a procedure in which a portion of the disc that rests between each vertebra is removed.

Foramenotomy: This procedure is used to relieve pressure on a nerve  by removing a portion of the bone and other tissue that may be compressing it as it exits the spinal column.

Laminectomy: This procedure is performed to relieve pressure on the spinal cord itself.  It is most commonly used to treat conditions such as spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis.

Spine Fusion: This procedure  is done to eliminate motion between two adjacent vertebra.  It is usually performed to treat an unstable spine (spondylolisthesis)

Joint fusions (Arthrodesis): A surgery in which the two bones on each end of the joint are fused secondary to the joint being eroded or destroyed by trauma or severe arthritic changes.  This will eliminate joint motion thus reducing pain.


Arthroscopic surgeries

Knee: ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL reconstruction, meniscus repair

Shoulder: Rotator cuff repair, Shoulder arthroscopy, Bankart repair, labral repairs

Spine Surgery: Disc repairs

Hip: Cam and Pincer lesion repair

Foot and Ankle: Achilles tendon repair, ankle arthroscopy

Wrist and Elbow: Wrist arthroscopy, elbow arthroscopy, carpal tunnel syndrome surgery


While there are many other surgeries out there, these are some of the more common conditions treated. While your physician/surgeon will likely give us a protocol to follow, we also believe that every individual surgery varies significantly. At Good Life Physical Therapy you can expect an individualized approach that will speed your recovery and ultimately allow you to feel better faster. We are very confident in our ability and as a result, we’re able to get patients back to living sooner, with less chance of re-injury.


For more specific questions please don't hesitate to Contact Us. We are here to help!

Eastown Clinic

1331 Lake Dr. SE, Suite 105

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: 616-248-9842

Fax: 616-248-9848

Centerpoint Clinic

2500 E. Beltline Ave. SE, Suite J

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Phone: 616-855-6588

Fax: 616-248-9848