Post-operative care of the surgical patient significantly contributes to the success of the surgical procedure. Post-operative physical therapy is directed at reducing pain and inflammation, preventing or minimizing scar tissue, and returning the patient to full function. An individualized and well-planned therapeutic exercise program is an integral part of the post-operative care. Manual therapy techniques are utilized to break up scar tissue and reduce joint stiffness. Pain and inflammation can be addressed by modalities such as ultrasound, laser, and electrical stimulation in addition to cryotherapy.