Often “Prehab” or rehabilitation prior to a pending surgery is used to help restore range of motion (ROM) as well as control symptoms (swelling, pain, or muscle function deficits) to make the recovery after surgery more manageable. This is usually short-term, prior to a surgical repair, that is followed after surgery with the rehabilitation progression. This includes management of swelling and pain as well as restoring ROM, muscle function and gradual return to desired activity.
We help patients recover from virtually all orthopedic surgical interventions in all areas of the body. Some of the most common surgical recoveries include rotator cuff repair, ACL repair, spinal fusions and discectomies, knee replacements and debridement surgeries. We help patients set goals for therapy that may range from something as simple as returning to home function to getting back to competition in their desired sport.
Surgeons routinely refer post-surgical patients to our physical therapists to help them recover strength, function and mobility.
Our therapists provide one-on-one, evidence-based physical therapy treatment to help facilitate your recovery and return to activities of daily living (ADLs), work, recreational activities and even competitive sports.
The rehabilitative process depends on the injury and type of surgery. We help patients recover and rehabilitate from a variety of orthopedic post-operative procedures, including, but not limited to:
- Knee, hip and shoulder joint replacements
- Reconstruction of any one or more of the four major knee ligaments: anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL)
- Arthroscopic knee surgeries (such as meniscectomies, meniscal repairs)
- Ligament and tendon repair, including Achilles tendon repairs
- Arthroscopic hip surgeries (such as labral repairs)
- Nerve releases (such as cubital tunnel, radial tunnel, carpal tunnel, tarsal tunnel)
- Neck and back surgery (such as fusions, laminectomy, decompression and discectomy)
- Nerve compression release
- Bone or joint fusion (arthrodesis)
- Tendon transfers
- Surgical fixation of fractures, including open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF), a two-part surgery used to fix broken bones where the broken bone is reduced (put back into place) and an internal fixation device is placed on the bone (e.g., screws, plates, rods or pins) to hold the bone together
- Shoulder post-surgical recovery for rotator cuff tears, labral tears, superior labrum anterior and posterior (SLAP) tear or lesion, arthroscopy and more
- Manual therapy
- Soft tissue and/or joint mobilization
- Muscle energy techniques (METs)
- Gait and balance training
- Therapeutic exercise and functional strength training
- Various forms of electrical stimulation
- Functional and neuromuscular re-education
- Rehabilitative exercises to help help increase strength, endurance, motion, balance and coordination