Pain medication is prescribed to help you feel as comfortable as possible. Your orthopedic surgeon may prescribe opioids (narcotics), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or local anesthetics to help control pain. You must follow your doctor’s instructions regarding opioids. Narcotics can be addictive, so you should stop taking these medications as soon as your pain is tolerable without them.
Physical therapy is an integral part of your rehabilitation. A physical therapist will give you exercises to help maintain your range of motion and restore your strength.
Follow-up visits will be scheduled for you at regular intervals to assess your recovery and rehabilitation.