Recovery from orthopedic surgery can vary depending on the kind of procedure you have done. A minor procedure might result in spending a few days resting while a joint replacement might require a few weeks of being in bed or resting on a couch before physical therapy begins. Fortunately, there are a few tips that you can follow to optimize the recovery process so that you don’t spend any longer than necessary immobilized or away from daily activities.
Move Your Body
When you’re able, move the body parts that you can. Listen to your pain level. Don’t exert yourself to a point where you are in more pain or to a point where you can’t move at all. Try to move the opposite area of the body from what you had surgery on, such as the arms if you had knee surgery. Avoid directly moving the area of the body that you had surgery on until your doctor says that it’s alright, but continue moving in other ways to keep blood flowing and to keep blood clots from forming.
Ask For Help
Talk to your family and friends about your surgery and recovery before the date so that you can set up times when people can help you. The first few days after any orthopedic surgery will likely require that you stay in bed to rest. Ask others to help with meals, to keep the house clean, to take care of the pets or take you to the doctor for your follow-up appointment. If needed, hire a nurse who can provide the care that you need. Sometimes, your insurance company will pay for nursing care if you file a claim.
Keep The Body Healthy
Eat healthy foods before and after surgery to keep the body in the best condition possible. Soups and broths are good foods to enjoy the first few days that you get home. Try to eat as much protein as possible to give nutrients to the muscles. This will keep your strength up when you are able to move the area of the body that was operated on as well as the rest of the body. Your diet should also include as many vegetables and berries as they can help to fight off infections.
When you spend time in the sun, your body receives Vitamin D. This vitamin is essential for the health of your muscles and bones. The fresh air and sunshine can also enhance your mood instead of sitting inside your house all the time while recovering.