How many of us book appointments for the physiotherapist after we have an injury or spot of pain? What if we could prevent the injury before it starts? This is the idea behind prehabilitation. Instead of reacting to an injury, we are proactive and take steps to help avoid injury.
How Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa Can Help You Before Surgery
Often before surgery, the region to be operated on is weak and inflamed. Harmony Ottawa Physiotherapists 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 for rehab before surgery include:
Beginning the pre-hab 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. Movement restrictions may be given, and supportive garments may be discussed. You may also be instructed on how to use an assistive device 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.
Pre-surgical rehab is an individualized physical conditioning program and a collaborative effort involving your surgeon and Physiotherapist Typically, programs begin with isometric exercises like stretching and low-impact muscle toning. The exercises are designed to strengthen ligaments, tendons, and muscles. If there is some discomfort, your Harmony Ottawa Physiotherapist can help reduce the pain with cold packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, Acupuncture, and Dry needling. Plus, in a rehab setting, You can also get some of the mental, physical and emotional confidence required to succeed in post-surgical programs from engaging with Harmony Ottawa Physiotherapist. Most patients benefit greatly from pre-surgical programs
Having surgery and wondering whether or not you’re a good candidate for rehab before surgery? Contact Us Today at Harmony Physiotherapy Ottawa and we’ll schedule a one-on-one consultation with an 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.