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Pre and Post Surgery Rehabilitation

Physiotherapists assists patient on leg weight machine to increase strength.

pre- and Post-Surgery Rehabilitation
at AHP Connect

 At AHP Connect, Pre & Post Care when combined with pre- and post-surgery rehabilitation can bring great value to a client and ensure a smoother recovery process. 
Rehabilitation post-surgery can be a lot easier and smoother when solid muscle work has been done prior. For example, an ACL tear can cause the knee to swell and stiffen significantly. Typically, upon reaching a diagnosis and being informed that surgery is required clients will do a lot less work on their injury, usually stopping all activities and resting their knee whilst they wait for surgery day. The issue with this is that the ‘unused time’ for muscles, cartilage, and ligaments can have a negative impact on the recovery process post-surgery. In addition to this, clients will also have to begin rebuilding movement and muscles from an even lower baseline, if pre-surgery rehabilitation has not occurred.

To ensure a smoother recovery process

Pre And
Post-Surgery Rehabilitation

Evidence-based studies show that pre-surgery rehabilitation often leads to better outcomes, easier recovery, and in some cases can deem surgery unwarranted.

Pre and Post Surgery Rehabilitation Benefits

Improve Outcomes

Without pre-surgery rehab, unused muscles, cartilage, and ligaments can have a negative impact on post-op outcomes.

Regain Strength

Pre-surgery rehabilitation ensures you can regain movement and strength from a higher baseline, quicker post-op.

Mentally Prepare for surgery

A pre-surgery rehabilitation and exercise program provides time to mentally prepare for the day of the operation.

Lower risk of Post-op Infection

Keeping your body moving before you have surgery reduces the risk of any troubling infections post-operation.

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Questions And Answers

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.

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