We have talked a lot about how physical therapy and rehabilitation can significantly help patients reduce pain and regain mobility after an injury or surgical procedure. But taking a more proactive approach to care with physical therapy and prehabilitation before a surgical procedure can be even more beneficial to patients. So what exactly is “prehabilitation” and how can it help? That’s our topic for this patient education article.
What is Prehabilitation?
Prehabilitation means pre-emptive rehabilitation. Essentially, prehabilitation involves engaging in physical therapy exercises and stretches before a surgical procedure to help give you a head start with your rehabilitation post-op. Working with a skilled physical therapist to develop a prehabilitation plan can significantly help your rehabilitation efforts, and help strengthen your body for an impending surgical procedure.
When can Prehabilitation Help?
Prehabilitation is most effective and applicable before orthopedic surgery procedures, including the following:
- Spinal fusion & disc replacement
- Knee replacement
- ACL & MCL reconstruction
- Foot & ankle surgery
- Rotator cuff surgery
Obviously, prehabilitation is not an option in certain circumstances. You can’t pre-emptively do physical therapy before an injury that you weren’t planning on. However, it can be a significant help to patients prior to surgery. Orthopedic surgeons will often partner with physical therapy specialists to help their patients prepare for surgery with prehabilitation.
The physical therapists at OrthoRehab Specialists have been helping patients in Edina, Minneapolis, and Greater Minnesota for over 25 years. Our staff and the knowledge and expertise to help you regain strength and mobility after an injury or surgery. Contact us today to set up your appointment with one of our rehabilitation (or prehabilitation) specialists. We offer direct access to physical therapy at our Edina and Minneapolis clinics – which means you don’t have to wait to get the care you deserve.
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