The Benefits of Pre-hab and Post-Op Therapy For Athletes
Are you an athlete facing an upcoming surgical procedure? Are you looking for ways to maximize your outcome? Just like in sports, practice before your game is the difference between winning and losing. If you are looking for the edge in your recovery, preparing yourself the same way you do for game day is essential.
At MoveMend Rehab and Performance, we can help you put the work in before and after surgery to put yourself in the position to win!
Most athletes know that rehabilitation is often a part of recovering from an injury and/or surgery. Too often, athletes don’t understand how pre-hab can help them maximize their results. If you want to be prepared to go into surgery, schedule a consultation with one of our physical therapists!
Physical therapy at Movemend Rehab, has proven time and time again to effectively help prepare a person’s body for surgical correction and enhance the recovery process. We can get you ready for surgery and speed up your recovery process after your operation! Contact our office today to learn more about our therapy programs if you face a surgical procedure.
What is pre-hab?
Pre-operative therapy, also known as “pre-hab,” has been as valuable as post-operative physical therapy. Coming to treatment at MoveMend Rehab and Performance, before surgery can help you prepare yourself physically and mentally for the upcoming procedure.
Our physical therapists in Seattle will perform an injury assessment to identify the areas of concern, like swelling, range of motion deficits, and weaknesses. By implementing therapy before surgery, you can put yourself in the best possible position for a quick recovery.
For example, surgery is often accompanied by swelling, so eliminating swelling before surgery helps your recovery process. Similarly, restoring motion before surgery can help set the stage for a faster return afterward.
Understanding what to expect after surgery is one of the cornerstones of a successful outcome. Our physical therapists are up to date on the most advanced techniques and techniques to ensure your results. We will guide you through the stages of healing from immediate post-op back to full competition.
Each stage has a criterion that needs to be met to ensure safety as you progress back to the sport. We can educate you on the rules you will need to follow and timeframes to help clarify expectations.
People often think that surgery fixes the issue, but surgery is often just the start of recovery. Most surgical outcomes depend on the surgery, the rehabilitation, and the patient’s compliance and persistence. When all three areas work together, the athlete will experience the best outcomes.
Many athletes go through physical therapy after surgery to help them regain mobility, strength, coordination, fitness and improve performance. By contrast, pre-hab is a form of training that anticipates such a challenge and sets the stage for a successful outcome!
What is post-op therapy?
Although the benefits of pre-op therapy are not widely known, most people assume they will need to be in a physical therapy program after surgery! This is especially true for athletes who need to restore range of motion and regain strength to get back out on the field sooner.
Physical therapy treatment at MoveMend Rehab, will typically start soon after the surgical procedure. Our therapists will customize your physical therapy program to fit your condition and personal goals.
In the first consultation with your physical therapist, be prepared to discuss the severity of the injury and the details of your surgical procedure. Your physical therapist will assess your wound to heal correctly and free of infection.
We will also assess your range of motion, swelling levels, and strength. If you had surgery on your lower extremities, your gait would also be evaluated. If you are using crutches, we will make sure they fit you properly and teach you how to use them properly.
Our team is highly skilled with post-surgical rehabilitation and will focus on the following keys to success:
- Alleviate pain
- Eliminate swelling
- Improve range of motion
- Return strength to pre-injury levels and beyond
- Restore balance and coordination
- Enhance agility and other sports-specific skills
- Prepare you for a safe return to full competition
Your physical therapist at MoveMend Rehab and Performance, will also provide you with guidance for exercises you should do at home, which will further help to improve your recovery process. We will identify the benchmarks you need to accomplish at each stage of recovery to make sure you are prepared to handle the new challenges that come as you progress.
By incorporating pre-hab and post-op therapy into your plans for surgery, you will ensure the best possible outcomes. If you are looking for the edge to improve your sports performance and eliminate injuries in the future, be sure to seek physical therapy as soon as possible following your operation!
Request an appointment at MoveMend Rehab and Performance today!
If you have a surgical procedure on the books, contact our physical therapy clinic today to set up an appointment with one of our skilled physical therapists!
Our therapists can support and guide you both before and after surgery to ensure that you have the smoothest return to your normal activities!