Benefits of Physical Therapy Before a Scheduled Surgery

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

November 28th, 2018

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