Why Surgery May Not Be Necessary at All

Oct 20, 2017

Surgery is a treatment procedure that most people think is a quick fix for injuries. But it is also something that doesn’t ensure success and, yet, leaves rates of re-injury to some degree. What we may think of as a surgical fix may not be a fix at all.

Let us tell you a horror story: Being recommended with surgery has become the norm.

For what reason do you have to undergo surgery if there are other less invasive options to treat your injury?  Is there really a need to pursue unconventional surgical interventions that do not guarantee full recovery?

Perhaps the key is not in getting surgery but after successfully completing a rehabilitation program. This is what a 2015 BMJ Case Report shows. It details an elite English Premier League player’s return to full competition within 8 weeks of a complete ACL rupture with a problem-free follow-up at 18 months.

Why Rehabilitation May Be the Better Option

Rehabilitation is tied with empowering and supporting people to recover or change, to accomplish their maximum capacity and to live as full and dynamic lives as could possible.

Rehabilitation should begin as soon as possible to speed up recovery. It works to improve your mobility and activity levels, shorten your downtime or off-work and significantly improve your way of life.

This is where physios come in. Physiotherapists help clients by constructing personalised treatment programmes. We work with people of all ages to break down the barriers to physical function.

How Physiotherapy Helps

Physiotherapy plays a big role in any rehabilitation from injury.  What makes it a viable treatment option is because the way it addresses the problem. It improves physical restrictions, as well as enhances an individual’s abilities and strength. When physiotherapy plays the main role in your rehabilitation, you and your physio will work to:

  • Assess the nature and level of your problem
  • Set objectives with you, specifically what is most important to your needs
  • Provide treatment, support and counsel
  • Regularly monitors your progress

The very aim is to improve your strength and mobility and to find ways around any problems. For instance, if you have had a fall, your physio may prescribe some equipment to help you with movement and an activity program to improve your quality of life.

Here are the ways physiotherapy can help you:

Avoid surgery. If the conservative treatment from physiotherapy improved your pain and injury, surgery may not be needed. And even if surgery is needed, you may benefit from pre-surgery exercise-based treatments. If you are to go in a surgery healthy and in good condition, you’re more likely to recover faster afterwards. Additionally, avoiding surgery will cut your costs.

Improve mobility. In case you’re experiencing difficulty standing, walking or doing other types of movement regardless of your age, physiotherapy can help. Exercise programs work to restore mobility. By modifying an individual care plan, any activity can be rehearsed and adjusted to ensure maximum performance and safety.

Recover from or avoid sports injury. Physiotherapists see how different sports can increase your risk of injury. They can design suitable recovery plans or preventive exercise programs for you to ensure a safe performance or return to your sport.

The Bottom Line

Surgery isn’t the primary answer to treat injuries. It accompanies difficulties in a sense there is quite often some level of inconvenience post-surgery. It is better taken into consideration only if no other treatments helped with the problem.

Rehabilitation may not be a quick fix. But if you’re able to complete its process, the kind of recovery you get is worth it. It needs time for your tissues to heal and restore your lost abilities.

Rehabilitation is best done if you have a Perth physiotherapist to work with you. Book an appointment with us on 9272 7359!



BJSM Blog: It is time to stop wasting time and money debating graft types and surgical approaches for ACL injuries: The secret probably lies in optimising rehabilitation

Weiler R, Monte-Colombo M, Mitchell A, Haddad F. Non-operative management of a complete anterior cruciate ligament injury in an English Premier League football player with return to play