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.

"Thanks so much - from the front desk, to my therapist Danny, to the owners. I felt supported by caring professionals while I recovered from my work related injuries. I felt encouraged to work hard to fully recover, and I feel like I have. Negotiating health care services can be overwhelming, but A2 made getting the care I needed straight forward. Thanks again for everything."

− David

"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

"Last Sunday I played full court basketball for the first time in 15 years. I will qualify the contest by saying it happened on a court just out of the back door of an elder care center. The teams consisted of a 7 year old, an d8 year old, a young woman in flip-flops (I played in sandals), a woman who proudly stated she was 55 years old (I retorted with my age of 65), and a couple of other young guys that really played well. I ran the court, I played defense, blocked shots, made shots (missed a lot), got lots of rebounds, and talked a lot of smack while playing with a group of people a lot younger than me. I even made a behind the back-twisting fall-away shot, then fell and tumbled on the court. I jumped up and continued to play, and we played for about 45 minutes.
I attribute my ability to play this game that I love so much again to the excellent training receive from Kristy who is a trainer at A2 Physical Therapy. I have worked out and trained since I was very young. I played high school basketball, baseball, and I ran track. I spent 20 years in the Army with all the training requirements associated with that occupation. I played on community and city leagues, and I have trained with weights for many years. The training program Kristy has devised for me at A2 is rigorous, thorough, diverse, fun, challenging, and focused. She prepares workout plans that are age and fitness level appropriate. My work out now is so much different then it was when I first started. She both trains me individually and as a couple. I run, jump, stretch, lift, balance, squat, push, pull, and every other movement you can imagine. I look forward to going to my workout every time. Kristy is completely in charge of every workout. I am retired, and my training at A2 allows me to fill the need to accomplish something positive every day I work out. I am doing physical activity with ease that I would not have thought I would be able be able to accomplish at the age of 65 such as hiking on Mt Rainer and running 4 days per week. Kristy and A2 have really changed my life…"

− William