Pre-Surgical Rehab Prairie Village & Overland Park, KS

Pre-Surgical Rehab

What Is Pre-Surgical Rehab?

While most people understand the importance of undergoing physical therapy, a lot of folks don’t know about pre-surgical therapy and its importance. Pre-surgical rehab is a treatment program by a physical therapist designed to help you achieve greater outcomes after surgery. Also known as “pre-hab therapy,” pre-surgical therapy is recommended by healthcare professionals approximately one month prior to surgery.

No one really wants to have surgery, but living with a loss of function or pain leads many to undergo surgery every year. As people are now living longer, their joints are undergoing more wear and tear. Pre-surgical therapy is often done for those undergoing surgery for rotator cuff, hip, shoulder and ACL reconstructions. It’s critical for patients with these types of injuries to have surgery so they can resume daily activities. Pre-surgical rehab can also help improve outcomes and reduce the risk of complications.

During pre-surgical therapy, your physical therapist will evaluate your current level of function and develop a personalized treatment plan. This may include exercises to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, and improve range of motion. Your therapist may also use manual therapy techniques such as massage or joint mobilization to help reduce pain and inflammation.

The Goals of Pre-Surgical Therapy

The goal of pre-surgical therapy is to prepare the body for surgery by increasing strength, flexibility, and mobility in the affected area. This not only helps with recovery after surgery but can also decrease the amount of time needed for rehabilitation post-surgery. Specific goals include:

  • Mental and psychological preparation for surgery
  • Reduce inflammation and pain after surgery
  • Normalize movement patterns prior to surgery
  • Increase range and motion
  • Improve muscular control of the injured body part
  • Improve overall fitness and well-being
  • Gain a thorough understanding of exercises that are required following surgery

After undergoing surgery, it is common to experience a temporary loss of movement and mobility. However, studies have shown that incorporating pre-surgical therapy by a physical therapist can greatly improve post-surgical outcomes for patients. By engaging in pre-surgical therapy, individuals often experience enhanced stamina and strength, leading to better daily function and increased mobility in the long run. Taking this proactive approach can significantly contribute to a smoother recovery process and overall improved quality of life.

Pre-Surgical Rehab and Physical Therapy

It is important to note that the body will not regain normal motion without specific retraining. After a comprehensive assessment, a physical therapist will work together with the patient to establish goals and specific guidelines in order to resume normal activities after surgery. A pre-surgical therapy program is structured and tailored to the patient’s needs and type of injury. Both pre-surgical therapy and post-surgical therapy are critical to a successful outcome after surgery.

Studies have been done to support the importance of pre-surgical therapy. “Forty-five patients admitted to the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology of Locomotor System for elective total hip replacement surgery, were recruited for a study. The assessment consisted of a detailed interview using various questionnaires: the Harris Hip Score (HHS), the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC), the 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36), and the Hip disability and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (HOOS), as well as physical examination. Patients were assigned to groups based on their attendance of preoperative therapy. The patients who received pre-surgical therapy had a significant improvement in pain, daily functioning, vitality, psychological health and social life.”

Are you getting ready for surgery? Be sure to contact us today at Westwood, Shawnee, Prairie Village & Overland Park, KS centers for pre-surgical therapy. Our physical therapists address range of motion, balance and strength. Plus, we’ll educate you about the procedure, what to expect and how to prepare. So, if surgery is in your future, give us a call today to get started with pre-surgical therapy and have a better outcome after surgery. The road to recovery doesn’t have to wait until after surgery.