Pre + Post Surgical Rehab

Pre-hab

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 injury, “prehab” is designed to be undertaken prior to a surgical procedure to restore range of motion and strength. Prehab can also refer to the rehabilitation done prior to working out or playing sports. This is done in an effort to prevent injuries from ever occurring. 

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.

After surgery, patients must re-learn how to move again. Much of that need comes from the lack of muscle mass and flexibility that their existing condition caused. In addition, the surgery itself often involves some pain and stiffness in the following days and weeks.

Pre-surgical rehabilitation is designed to help you regain some of your lost strength and flexibility before you even have the surgery, as well as 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.

Pre + Post Surgical Rehab Minnetonka & Wayzata, MN

What can I expect from pre-surgical rehabilitation?

Assuming you have enough planning time, your pre-surgical rehabilitation sessions would start about six weeks before your operation, depending on what your doctor advises. We’ll also help you evaluate your goals and your concerns. (Many patients worry about climbing stairs after surgery, for example, or even that first walk to the hospital bathroom.)

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. You will also be coached on techniques for maintaining your balance, and compensating for limbs you can’t fully use while you are recovering.

For more information, or answers to your questions, contact us today at Wayzata & Minnetonka, MN Centers. Or if you’re ready to get started, click here to schedule an appointment.

Post-Surgical Rehab

Post-surgical rehabilitation can be a long process. Whether it’s knee surgery, shoulder surgery or another type of surgery, the recovery period will take time. The actual timeframe for recovery depends on many factors. Post-surgical rehabilitation is a progressive activity. Tissues need to be stimulated, as they cannot recover on their own. Recovery is a complex process, since tissue must also mature and heal, especially if something was surgically repaired, such as the ACL. The core of post-surgical rehabilitation is doing the right exercises and the right amount of exercises. The intensity of the stimulation should increase gradually and progressively.