The Rise of preoperative therapy

While post-operative rehabilitation has long been the norm for patients recovering from orthopedic surgery, preoperative therapy or “prehab” is now becoming common for patients about to undergo orthopedic surgery.

The goals is to increase range of motion and strength before surgery so that the patient is in the best shape possible going into and coming out of surgery.  The exercises patients learn not only strengthen them, but also teach them techniques they can use at home to improve balance and better prepare themselves for post-operative rehabilitation.

For more on the rise of “prehab”, see this article from trivalleycentral.com.