Pre Surgical Rehab

Pre Surgical Rehab Alexandria, VA

WHY AM I HEARING SO MUCH ABOUT “PREHAB”?

Pre-surgical rehabilitation, or “prehab,” is increasingly popular in the surgical and physical therapy communities. Just as “rehab” generally refers to work that patients do to recover after surgery or intense medical treatment, “prehab” is designed to be undertaken prior to that procedure.

WHAT DOES PRE-SURGICAL REHABILITATION ACCOMPLISH?

To put it succinctly, prehab shortens rehab. For patients who have pre-planned joint replacements or other reparative operations, pre-surgical rehabilitation helps reduce the time and challenges of post-surgery rehabilitation.

Pre-surgical rehabilitation is designed to help you regain some of your lost strength, range of motion, and flexibility before you even have the surgery and to build up your ability to heal more quickly after your operation. When done correctly, prehab can dramatically decrease the time and pain associated with post-surgical recovery. You will get better faster!

WHAT HAPPENS IN “PREHAB”?

Pre-surgical rehabilitation sessions often start about four to six weeks before your operation, depending on what your doctor advises. We’ll also help you evaluate your goals and your concerns regarding crutch usage, home set up, and expectations after surgery.

During your sessions, you’ll be working on building your overall strength and endurance, so your body bounces back from the surgical trauma. In addition, your physical therapist will help structure a plan that meets the challenges of your particular surgery, such as building upper body strength if you’re going to be getting around on crutches or increasing your endurance to help you get up those stairs at home.

 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM PRE-SURGICAL REHABILITATION?

Studies show that patients who participate in pre-surgical rehabilitation experience these specific benefits:

  • Increased stamina and confidence. Not only will you have more aerobic endurance and muscle strength to take on postoperative routines, but you’ll have the confidence in having already built up the strategies for doing so.
  • Increased mobility. Prehab gives you the physical flexibility you’ll need to work through post-surgical stiffness. Our physical therapists will also coach you on techniques for maintaining your balance, and compensating for limbs you can’t fully use while you are recovering.

With pre-surgical rehabilitation, our highly trained team will put together the right program to ensure that your post-surgical rehabilitation is as brief as possible. Call us today for a consultation.

 

Sources

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20150903/Appropriate-pre-surgical-physical-therapy-can-help-joint-replacement-patients-recover-faster.aspx

http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/joint-surgery/preparing/prehab-surgery.php