Australian Health Professionals
Pre-operative rehabilitation is exercise-based intervention prescribed to a patient before undergoing surgery. It assists in quickening recovery time and has a positive impact on pain and function pre- and post-surgery.
An optimal pre-op plan will be designed by your physical therapist prior to surgery.
To ensure maximal benefits, pre-operative rehabilitation should begin at least 6 weeks prior to surgery. Always consult with your surgeon before beginning a treatment program.
The pain and swelling from an ACL injury causes decreased strength in the muscles close to the injured joint. Research also shows strength decreases in both legs following an ACL injury, so it is important to exercise both legs. The stronger your muscles are before surgery, the faster you will recover post-operatively.
Depending on your unique circumstance and the area that has been treated, rehabilitation may begin shortly after surgery to restore strength and motion.
The best post-operative rehabilitation is important in achieving the desired outcome from your surgery and in minimising the risk of complications. It is important to consult with your doctor or physiotherapist for an accurate post-surgery exercise plan.
Rehabilitation after surgery is a slow step-by-step process that aims to help you recover. Following your clinicians post-operative plan, getting active will encourage your blood to flow and your wounds to heal, and will build up strength in your muscles.
The ultimate goal of post-operative rehabilitation is to increase endurance, strength, and flexibility. Without exercise and therapy post-surgery, a patient may never regain their full range of motion again.