Research studies have found that presurgical rehabilitation has many benefits for patients. There are many studies that support the benefits of presurgical physical therapy.
Between 2007 and 2011, 2,690 patients were monitored after surgery. Those who had physical therapy prior to surgery had much better outcomes than those who did not. The ones who had physical therapy scored significantly better at certain measure points a year after surgery and were still going strong two years after undergoing surgery.
Those patients who participate in pre-rehab programs demonstrate:
- Shorter hospital stays
- Faster improvement in function
- Faster return to their regular lives
- Save time and money on medical care
As a result, many doctors are now “prescribing” pre-rehab before surgery for their patients.
The Basics of Rehab Before Surgery
Often before surgery, the region to be operated on is weak, tight and swollen. Physical therapy can help improve blood circulation to the area for increased mobility and pain relief. It also helps minimize compensatory movements. Being in the best of health goes a long way to postoperative recovery. Simple guidelines of rehab before surgery include:
- Beginning the pre-rehab program around six weeks before surgery
- A slow progression to avoid aggravating the existing problem
- Exercise breaks for comfort
- Meeting prerequisites, such as being able to climb stairs
Pre-surgical rehab is comprehensive. You may be instructed on how to use an assistive device, get in/out of a chair or bed after surgery and instructed in a home exercise program. Rehab before surgery benefits those having neck and back surgery, arthroscopic knee surgery, joint replacements and rotator cuff repairs… Just about any type of surgery has benefits with pre surgical rehab!
Having surgery and wondering whether or not you’re a good candidate for rehab before surgery? Contact Us TODAY at Total Body Therapy & Wellness in Lillington, NC, and we’ll schedule a one-on-one consultation with a comprehensive evaluation. If you’re a good candidate for it, we’ll work with your doctor and physician to come up with the best course of pre-rehab therapy for your specific needs. The road to recovery doesn’t have to wait until after surgery.