As physical therapists, we talk a lot about how physical therapy plays a role in helping our patients reduce pain, regain mobility or recover after a surgery. But did you know there’s a proactive approach you can take before a surgery—it’s called prehabilitation.
You might be thinking “what exactly is prehabilitation and is it right for me?” In a nutshell, prehabilitation (or prehab) is when you engage in physical therapy before a surgery to help give you a head start on your post-op rehab. By working with a physical therapist to develop a program, you can see results that help speed up your post-rehab efforts as well as strengthen your body before a surgical procedure.
Prehab has been proven and effective before orthopedic surgeries such as knee replacement, ACL & MCL reconstruction, rotator cuff surgery and more. If you’re planning an orthopedic surgery, talk to your surgeon in advance to map out a physical therapy treatment.
We collaborate with the top orthopedic surgeons in Tucson to align the final outcome for patients—to get back to their favorite activities and live a pain free life. If you’re looking to learn more about how ProActive Physical Therapy can work with your surgeon, contact us today.