Pre-operative and post-operative rehabilitation are designed to help you achieve the best possible results from your surgical procedure. The focus of pre-operative physical therapy is to reduce swelling and inflammation, improve flexibility, and increase strength and endurance of supporting structures around the injured area or joint that is involved in the surgery. Another objective of pre-operative care is to educate the patient about compensatory movement patterns and habits they may have developed as a consequence of the injury and address those prior to surgery, which can help facilitate and speed up recovery. During the early post-operative phase, your physical therapist place emphasis on pain control, range of motion, and activities of daily living. As treatment progresses, increasing emphasis is placed on strength and endurance, biomechanics, functional movement, and safe return to full activities.