Pre-Surgical Rehab vs. Post-Surgical Rehab: The Benefits of Both
If you have a surgery coming up, it is natural to feel a little nervous. Thinking about the procedure itself, as well as the necessary amount of time you’ll spend recovering, can seem a bit intimidating. At GoodLife Physical Therapy, we want to make sure that your surgery is as smooth as possible and that your recover process is as quick and easy as possible. This is most effectively achieved when combining pre-surgical rehabilitation and post-surgical rehabilitation treatments. For more information on how these services can benefit you, contact GoodLife Physical Therapy today.
What’s the difference between pre-surgical rehab and post-surgical rehab?
You may be familiar with rehabilitation after surgery, or post-surgical rehab. It makes sense – your body loses a lot of strength when undergoing a surgical procedure, and rehabilitation treatments are needed in order to help you regain your function. Post-surgical rehabilitation tends to focus on targeted exercises and stretches that are aimed at helping relieve your pain, improve your strength, and redeem your optimum function in the affected area(s) of your body. It may also incorporate additional methods or modalities as needed, such as manual therapy, ice and heat therapies, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and more. Essentially, it helps you make a full recovery from your surgery.
Pre-surgical rehabilitation is a bit different. It focuses on stretches and exercises prior to surgery in order to prepare your body for the procedure ahead. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, participating in exercise therapies prior to surgery can exceptionally improve your post-operative outcomes and reduce your recovery time. It is no secret that surgery takes a toll on the body, so preparing yourself beforehand with strengthening stretches and exercises can greatly benefit your results. It can also help you prepare mentally, by giving you a better peace of mind going into surgery, knowing you did everything to make the procedure as easy on you as possible.
To put pre-surgical rehabilitation into perspective, there are 6 key benefits to participating in it:
- It decreases pain.
- It decreases the risk of complications.
- It increases your stamina.
- It improves your surgical outcomes.
- It decreases your recovery time.
- It may possibly even eliminate your need for surgery altogether!
Why do I need pre-surgical rehab AND post-surgical rehab?
Pre-surgical rehabilitation and post-surgical rehabilitation can be used to make any surgical procedure as easy as possible on your body. While pre-surgical rehabilitation is not always required in a treatment plan, it is always recommended as a way to yield the best results. The best results are always achieved through treatments before and after surgery.
For example, according to an article on shoulder replacement surgery published by the Hofmann Arthritis Institute, “Formal physical therapy is not required before surgery, but it is advised to get in the best physical shape possible before surgery to lessen the change for complication and shorten your recovery time.” The same article also states that “The day after surgery, you will begin working with physical therapy to become comfortable using your new shoulder.” This demonstrates how beneficial it is to complete both pre-surgical rehab, and post-surgical rehab, as both are meant to make your recovery process as easy and comfortable as possible.
Contact GoodLife Physical Therapy today!
At GoodLife Physical Therapy, we are happy to say that we offer both pre-surgical rehabilitation and post-surgical rehabilitation services. We want to help make your surgery and recovery as safe, easy, quick, and comfortable as possible for you. If you have a surgery coming up and you’d like to discuss setting up a “before and after” treatment plan, schedule a consultation with one of our licensed physical therapists today. We’d be happy to set up an appointment for you and get you started on the path toward pain relief, improved function, and a speedy recovery.