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Why are physical and occupational therapists important after surgery?

Physical and occupational therapists are important after surgery because they are rehabilitation experts. Postoperative rehabilitation by physical and occupational therapists is important to ensure that whatever is improved by the surgery is allowed proper healing time, while beginning to stimulate the healing process through range of motion, stretching and strengthening exercises as tolerated. 

Without physical and occupational therapists, surgical recovery would not be as good as it is. It's important to involve these healthcare providers early to create a plan for the patient, both in the hospital (if the patient is staying) and at home. Further, these providers help with coordination between rehabilitation centers and outpatient facilities.

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