What is Prehabilitation Therapy?

What is Prehab?


Prehabilitation, or prehab, is a combination of aerobic exercises, strength training, and individual treatment plans to prepare a patient who is about to undergo surgery or for athletes.

These exercises benefit your body by getting it ready for the stresses that a surgery can cause. Establishing an exercise routine prior to your surgery is a vital component of your recovery, and you can often start as early as six weeks prior to your procedure. However, your therapist will come up with an individualized plan just for you.

Prior to creating your customized prehab plan, you will have a full body evaluation from your physical therapist. This allows them to formulate a plan to address and correct any areas of muscle weakness.

If you want to avoid any unnecessary pain or injury after a surgery, prehab is the way to go.

Additional Benefits of Prehabilitation Therapy

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While prehab is an excellent choice for surgical candidates, that is not the only area that this type of treatment can be beneficial for. If you are an athlete or even an occasional sports player, these exercises can help you too. The movements utilized in prehabilitation methods can help reduce the likelihood of injury during physical activity.

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The Importance of Prehabilitation Exercises

If you have a health condition where you are looking to avoid surgery, or you know you are having surgery, prehab can help. This physical therapy treatment can allow you to have the best possible results after surgery, or even assist you with avoiding any unnecessary surgeries.

Prehab therapy can help with the following surgeries and more.

  • Hip and knee replacement

  • Joint replacement

  • Orthopedic surgery

  • ACL repair

  • Rotator cuff repair

Speed up Your Recovery Time with Prehabilitation

Prehabilitation exercises have the ability to help prevent injuries before they happen, as well as provide the possibility of a greater outcome post-surgery.

Having physical therapy before your surgery can help in the following ways:

  • You will regain your strength faster and increase recovery speed

  • Shorter hospital stays

  • It will mentally prepare you for your surgery

  • It may decrease the possibility of high risk side effects from surgery

  • An increase the overall outcome of your surgery

Contributing Factors of a Prehabilitation Plan

Prehab is not limited to just a physical therapy plan. While this is a vital part of your prehabilitation treatment, there are other areas of your health that your doctor may want to adjust prior to surgery. These may include: Changes to diet and lifestyle, breathing and meditation exercises, aerobic exercises, and potentially changes to your medication.

Should you consider prehab Therapy?

Almost everyone that is about to have surgery can benefit from a prehab plan. Your doctor can refer you to a physical therapist who can give you an evaluation to determine what course of action would be best for you. Depending on your current pain status, and the type of surgery you will be having, your therapist will customize a movement routine that will help to alleviate pain and promote a positive surgical outcome.

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If you are currently an extremely active individual, or maybe not so much, you can gain something from working with a physical therapist prior to surgery. At Evolve, we can help you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Call-1-718-258-3300


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