Try Physical Therapy Before Having Surgery


There are a lot of reasons to consider physical therapy before electing to undergo surgery. One big plus is that it can help you prepare for the surgery (often called prehabbing) and have a speedier recovery. And even for some, physical therapy may eliminate the need for surgery altogether. 

At A2 Physical Therapy in Tacoma, there are several treatment options — from massage to personal training, and spinal treatment and rehab, soft-tissue manipulation with tools, and cutting-edge technology like the NEUBIE (neuro-Bio-Electric Stimulator) that helps the body heal itself quicker. It’s the only one of its kind in the state and available exclusively at A2. 

Some research indicates that 10 to 20 percent of surgeries might be unnecessary and people might find satisfactory outcomes when they try more conservative options — like physical therapy — first. That’s important because all surgeries come with some risk, so if you can avoid having one with an alternative treatment, that is preferable. 

Of course, physical therapy can’t fix every health problem, and for some surgery is the best choice. However, exploring how physical therapy can help make the surgery go smoother, the recovery time go faster, or (fingers crossed) possibly avoided, is worth a conversation with your health care provider. At A2, getting patients strong and healthy is the ultimate goal and we have a lot of tools that just might help you avoid the operating room — and be feeling your best sooner.

"My name is Irvin Markham. I am a member of A2 Physical Therapy and Fitness. I have been a member of several gyms but never had a personal trainer. With no schedule or workout plan, I would always eventually quit. My wife suggested to go see her personal trainer Kristi Cruz. What a difference the experience has made in helping me get the most out of my workouts. Kristi has not only helped me get 71 year old body back in shape physically, but mentally as well. She has put me on a set schedule and encourages me to do all the things I need to do to stay healthy. I cannot thank Kristi and the entire staff at A2 for all of the support they have shown me."

− Irvin

"Dear Alika- I want to tell you how great A2 has been in helping me to succeed in getting better after my stroke. Your staff is not only knowledgeable but funny at the same time. They don’t make physical therapy seem tough; but they make it fun by teaching us the right way to stand, asking us how we are and encouraging us to reach our goals. My goal has always been to get back to “normal.” I appreciate all of your staff immensely. They are all great. You always have my recommendation for where to go for P.T."

− Crestina

"Dan was great to work with, as was the whole staff at A2 PT. I have been through PT on my shoulders twice before with different places and by far this has been my best experience. As a fit person, who wanted to remain active during my recovery- I felt like my PT program covered that. Dan knew what my preferred activities were and tailored my treatment to be able to do those things. The treatment plan was more like a workout and I loved it. I felt like each week I was getting stronger. I also appreciated that I was asked for constant feedback about how I was feeling/doing. If I ever need PT again (fingers crossed I don’t) I’ll be back!"

− Tracey