After a surgery, one might think that plenty of rest and as well as remaining immobile is the best way to heal.  However, in many instances there are many things that a patient can do for rehabilitation to help speed a recovery, such as physical therapy, manipulation and mobilization to strengthen the surrounding area of the surgical point. Also in some cases, there is a natural way to alleviate pain without surgery.  The following are different types of injuries for which surgery is often involved, rehabilitation is needed, and ways chiropractic care can help in the recovery process –or even in some cases in place of surgery.

Surgeries that need rehab:

  • Knees
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Hip
  • Lower back
  • Neck
  • Joints

How a chiropractor can help

At times surgery may not be needed.  Chiropractic treatment is a non-invasive approach to promoting the body’s ability to heal naturally. By applying pressure with their hands, chiropractors can physically manipulate and adjust the spine to bring the body’s muscle and skeletal structure back into alignment, enabling the body to heal itself in many cases without surgery or medication.

When an injury occurs– such as whiplash, back injuries, sports or office injuries, falls, even injuries over time from repetitive movements–muscles and tendons begin to restrict the movement and flexibility of joints, causing pain and inflammation, even spasms in the muscles or “pinched nerves”.  Spinal manipulation and adjustments help restore the body’s correct alignment in a natural way for the body to begin to heal on its own and begin to alleviate pain and inflammation.

Chiropractic care is at times used in combination with conventional medical treatment.  Its primarily purpose is to relieve pain as an alternative to medication and surgery for muscles, joints, bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Both methods can be used in conjunction with each other to speed the recovery of a patient to return to daily activity.

Chiropractic care after surgery

Surgery and immobilization often causes muscle instability and atrophy above or below the surgical points. If these muscles, joints and ligaments are not used and strengthened, sometimes as soon as 1-4 days after surgery, these areas will be more likely to degenerate further and become weaker. Chiropractic care and other natural treatments work to strengthen muscles, tendons and ligaments to increase joint flexibility, increase blood circulation, release tension to the area and relieve pressure to promote the healing process.

To find out how chiropractic care can help after surgery or even replace the need for surgery, contact Baker Chiropractic and Accident Rehabilitation. Call our office in Provo Utah at 801-210-0669 and speak with Dr. Baker, our resident Provo chiropractor.