Many patients following surgery have difficulty moving due to painful incisions or weakness from prolonged bedrest. Patients may require a brief course of physical therapy if they are having difficulty getting around after surgery. This often consists of teaching patients easier ways to move that are less painful and/or using a cane or a walker until their pain is better, and they are stronger. Some post-surgical patients have trouble coughing due to painful incisions. These patients may require chest physical therapy to aid them in clearing airway secretions so they can breathe easier.