Pre-Surgical Rehab Happy Valley & Sandy, OR

Pre-Surgical Rehab

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I had a disc replaced between #5 and #6 in the neck. The initial symptoms appeared in May, but surgery did not happen until mid-September. The surgery released the pinched nerve but both arms were very weak so I was unable to play golf or bowl, my two major hobbies. I am now able bowl again… not sure about golf as it is way too cold outside right now. I feel so much better than when I started. The best part is, I have lessons that I have learned that can help me continue to increase my stamina. I am very grateful for the hard work and caring that Derek showed me each and every visit.

Steve G.

Research studies have found that pre-surgical rehabilitation has many benefits for patients. Mostly, it is believed that the benefits are derived due to the fact that it prepares patients for postoperative rehab. Researchers in Ohio reviewed 4,733 Medicare cases involving total hip or knee replacement and found that 79.7% percent of patients who did not receive preoperative physical therapy required postacute care services. That rate dropped to 54.2% for patients who received even a small number of physical therapy sessions before surgery. The study was published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Another study supports the merits of pre-surgical physical therapy. Between 2007 and 2011, 2,690 patients were monitored after surgery. Those who had physical therapy prior to surgery had much better outcomes than those who did not. Those who had physical therapy scored significantly higher on function-based outcome measures one and two years after surgery.

Those patients who participate in pre-hab programs often have shorter hospital stays, regain function and return to their regular lives faster than those who do not participate in pre-surgical rehabilitation. As a result, many doctors are now prescribing pre-hab before surgery for their patients. Most HMOs and insurance companies are beginning to cover pre-surgical rehab costs. This makes it cost-effective for patients to access physical therapy.

The Basics of Rehab Before Surgery

Often before surgery, the region to be operated on is weak. Physical therapy can help improve strength and promote pain relief through carefully structured exercises. It also helps minimize compensatory movements. Being in the best of health goes a long way to postoperative recovery.

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 physical therapist. Typically, programs begin with isometric exercises. The exercises are designed to strengthen ligaments, tendons, and muscles. If there is some discomfort, your physical therapist can help reduce the pain with cold packs, ultrasound or electrical stimulation. Plus, in a rehab setting, you can talk with other patients who have already had the surgery and see their progress. You can also get some of the mental, physical and emotional confidence required to succeed in post-surgical programs from engaging with others. Most patients benefit greatly from a short course of pre-surgical programs.

Having surgery and wondering whether or not you’re a good candidate for rehab before surgery? Request a consult and we’ll schedule a one-on-one consultation with a comprehensive evaluation. If you’re a good candidate for it, our physical therapist will work with your doctor and surgeon to come up with the best course of prehab therapy for your specific needs. The road to recovery doesn’t have to wait until after surgery. For more information, Contact us at Happy Valley & Sandy, OR centers.