It is understandable the benefits of Physical Therapy after a surgery including restoring range of motion, improved strengthening and function. But are there benefits to Physical Therapy prior to surgery? YES! It is called Prehab!
Prehab is a preoperative program is designed by a Doctor of Physical Therapy and created specifically for the individual. Current strength, range of motion and functional abilities are assessed and a comprehensive training program is created that will help improve postoperative functional outcomes. It is recommended that Prehab starts about 6-8 weeks prior to your surgery.
Here are a few of the possible benefits:
- Shorten hospital stays
- Improve healing times
- Regain strength and motion faster
- Improve ability to perform functional activities such as climbing stairs, walking, getting in and out of bed, etc.
- Familiarize yourself with walking aids such as canes, crutches or walker if necessary
- Mentally prepare patients for surgery and receive education on postoperative care and rehab
Contact one of our offices or get a referral if needed from your doctor and start your journey to recovery!
Kerra Pietsch, LPTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Andover Physical Therapy
PTC_therapy November 28th, 2018
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