Pre & Post Surgical Physical Therapy

physical therapy and injury rehab services in Scottsdale, AZ

At Landmark Physical Therapy, we specialize in physical therapy after surgery.  From neck to toes we work with you throughout the surgical rehab process and get you back to the activities you want to do.  Common surgeries that we work with include:


Knee replacements

Hip Replacements

Shoulder Replacements

ACL reconstruction

MCL reconstruction

Menisectomy and meniscal repairs

Patella reallignment


Ankle reconstruction

Achilles tendon repair

Rotator Cuff Repairs

Shoulder dislocation surgeries

Frozen shoulder manipulations

Subacromial decompression

Labral repairs (hip and shoulder)

Spinal fusions


Lateral release in knee

Wrist fracture surgery

Elbow fracture repairs

Tennis Elbow or Golfer’s elbow repairs

Tibial compression fracture surgery

Carpal tunnel surgery

Ulnar nerve transpositions

Mastectomy (to regain shoulder motion afterwards)

Laminectomy (neck or back)


We understand that everyone’s recovery is unique and may progress at a different rate.  Our physical therapists will do a full evaluation after your surgery and your individualized program will be tailored to meet your needs.  Whether you are a golfer, cyclist, or competitive athlete, your recovery plan will include those activities that are important to you.  Equally important are day-to-day activities like cooking, cleaning or a trip to the grocery store.  You will have the peace of mind that you are being treated each visit by a licensed physical therapist.  Your exercise program won’t be handed off to a tech or aid.  The skilled and watchful eye of a licensed therapist will oversee your entire care.


arrow The benefits of pre-surgical physical therapy

In many cases, the stronger a muscle is before surgery, the faster it will regain its strength after surgery.  And if you work to gain range of motion or flexibility in a joint before surgery, it will be easier to achieve after surgery.  There are many instances when a surgeon will recommend a few weeks of therapy before surgery.  Examples include physical therapy before a knee replacement, before rotator cuff surgery, or before a back surgery.  Your therapist will not only teach you exercises to do before surgery, but will focus on specific exercises and activities you can do immediately after surgery. Training the mind & the muscles for what is to come can provide a jumpstart to your post-surgical recovery.

arrow Common questions about physical therapy after surgery or rehab

What can I expect during post surgical physical therapy?

While every surgery is different, many recoveries include the following PT treatments.

Passive and active range of motion to get the joint moving again

stretching – performed by the therapist and also included in exercises

strengthening exercises that progress throughout the recovery process

scar massage and mobilizations

joint mobilizations

modalities (electrical stimulation, ultrasound, ice)

balance and walking instruction


Why do I need physical therapy after surgery?

A physical therapist is a licensed medical provider with an expertise in surgical rehab protocols.  Progressing your activity too slow or too fast after surgery can result in damage to the surgical repair or injury to surrounding joints and tissue.  Landmark Physical Therapists work closely with area surgeons and follow the latest research protocols for each specific procedure.


How much physical therapy will I need following my surgery?

This depends on the severity of the injury and the type of surgery.  Typically patients come to physical therapy 2-3 times per week following a surgical procedure.  As your recovery progresses, you may be able to decrease your visits to 1-2 times per week.  To learn more about your specific surgical recovery, our Physical Therapists are available to answer your questions.  Please call our Scottsdale, Arizona office at (480) 661-1124 or email