Strengthening | Fitness and Wellness | Physical Therapy lrving, Euless, Grapevine, Highland Park, Turtle Creek, University Park, Colleyville, TX
Pre surgical rehab Irving, Euless, Grapevine, colleyville, highland park & grapevine,TX

Pre-Surgical Rehabilitation

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, “prehab” is designed to be undertaken prior to surgery.

What does pre-surgical rehabilitation accomplish?

To put it succinctly, prehab shortens the amount of time needed for 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 strength and mobility 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 mobility prior to surgery, as well as enhance your ability to heal more rapidly after your operation. Prehab can dramatically decrease the time and pain associated with post-surgical recovery.

What happens in “prehab”?

Your pre-surgical rehabilitation sessions would likely start about six weeks before your operation, based on your doctor’s recommendations. During your sessions, you’ll be working on building your overall strength and endurance, so your body bounces back from surgical trauma more efficiently. 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 a walker or crutches.

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 flexibility and strength you’ll need to work through post-surgical stiffness. Our physical therapists 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 of physical therapists will put together the right program to ensure that your post-surgical rehabilitation is as brief and painless as possible. Contact Us today at Irving, Euless, Grapevine, colleyville, highland park & grapevine,TX Centers for a consult.

Signup now to get our Healthy tips delivered to your inbox