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What happens if you don't do physical therapy after ankle surgery?

I had ankle surgery 2 days ago. I wonder what happens if you don't do physical therapy after ankle surgery?

4 Answers

You might end up with a stiff ankle.
Physical therapy can be beneficial after surgery to reduce swelling and pain. I recommend you discuss with your surgeon the pros and cons of therapy for your case
You will never fully heal and likely always have compensation patterns. (good) PT is vital after surgery.
It depends on what type of ankle surgery you have had. Some require extensive physical therapy for appropriate range of motion of the joint, which is sometimes immobilized for extensive periods of time after surgery. You will have to ask your surgeon how long PT is required, and if it is required, at all, for the type of surgery you have had.