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Elective and traumatic orthopaedic conditions

Elective surgery is planned surgery the patient knows about in advance. It isn’t usually in direct response to medical emergency.  Examples of elective surgery are:

  • Joint replacement
  • Ligament repairs
  • Tendon repairs
  • Sub acromial decompression
  • Trigger finger release
  • Fasciotomy

Traumatic orthopaedic management is normally conducted when a patient is involved in an accident or sustains a new injury to the musculoskeletal system that needs swift medical intervention. This can include:

  • Fracture Stabilisation
  • Emergency tissue release


Physiotherapy after orthopaedic surgery will aim to:

  • Restore range of movement
  • Decrease swelling
  • Advise how to manage your pain
  • Manage scar tissue. Promote healing and prevent adhesions
  • Wean from walking aids, braces or slings
  • Strengthen
  • Maintain your current levels of fitness and cardiovascular system
  • Work on balance and proprioception
  • Liaise closely with your consultant and write to them as appropriate

It is never too soon to seek advice from a physiotherapist.  If you know you are due to undergo an operative procedure; please ring before the event. We can advise what to expect post-operatively and arrange appropriately timed appointments.