Pre- and Post Surgical Rehab

The road to recovery doesn’t have to wait until after surgery. In fact, two aspects of the surgical experience critical to achieving a successful recovery are pre- and post-operative rehabilitation.

Pre-Operative Rehabilitation

Most of us are familiar with a comprehensive post-operative rehabilitation program designed to promote healing, reduce pain and swelling, restore joint mobility, flexibility and strength. However, many of us are not aware of the benefits of a structured pre-operative or “pre-habilitation” program.

The goals of a pre-habilitation program:

  • Improve posture/ sagittal and coronal balance
  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Restore range of motion
  • Improving muscular control of the injured joint
  • Normalizing movement patterns prior to your surgery
  • Improved overall well-being
  • Gain a good understanding of the exercises that you should be performing after surgery

Post-Operative Rehabilitation

Therapy is always indicated following an orthopedic surgery to facilitate a speedy recovery. Therapy can start anywhere from a few hours to a few days after surgery and in some cases there may be a period of immobilization following surgery.

A patient’s ability to regain motion and strength and ultimately return to their normal daily activities depend on proper therapies post-surgery.  The body will not regain normal motion without specific retraining.


  • Restore range of motion
  • Restore strength
  • Prevent re-injury
  • Avoid adjacent segment disease post-surgery
  • Specific guidelines to achieve optimal healing

Treatments may specifically include:

  • Flexibility exercises to improve range of motion
  • Exercises to strengthen muscles
  • Posture, balance, and coordination training
  • Gait analysis and training
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Self-care training
  • Home exercise instruction


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