Gifts Recommended by Physical Therapists for Those Recovering From Surgery


If you have a friend or family member who is recovering from orthopedic surgery or other surgeries requiring physical therapy sessions, then you may want to give him a gift that will help him in his physical therapy exercises. There is a wide variety of physical equipment for physical therapy. Set your budget and select a gift that will help your friend with a specific exercise that will help him in his recovery.

Foam Rollers

  • Purchase a foam roller from an online physical therapy or orthopedic specialty website. Foam rollers are essentially thick, tubular rolls of foam--think of a pool noodle--that a person can use to do rolling exercises with arms and legs to stretch, practice balancing, massage muscles and strengthen stability and the core body.

Exercise Ball

  • Purchase an inflatable exercise ball and a pump that your friend can use to do physical therapy exercises. A wide variety of exercises can be done with an exercise ball, including stretching exercises, leg lifts and sit-ups. The ball also can be used to help sustain correct posture and to work the arm muscles in the case of a person who has had shoulder or arm surgery.

Upper Extremity Ranger

  • Order an "Upper Extremity Ranger," a piece of equipment your friend can install on his door or wall and use to increase his range of motion in his arm. This tool is used frequently in physical therapy for patients who have had arm or shoulder surgery. The UE Ranger is essentially a retractable coil that your friend can pull out and in from its compartment. This exercise helps to increase range of motion and strengthen arm muscles when your friend pulls on the coil at varying heights and degrees.

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