Prehabilitation, or prehab, is a proactive approach to physiotherapy that involves preparing the body for a surgical procedure, injury, or other physical challenge. The goal of prehab is to improve physical function and reduce the risk of complications before the event occurs. This can involve exercises to strengthen muscles, improve flexibility and mobility, and address any imbalances or underlying issues that could affect recovery. Prehab can be especially useful for individuals who are at higher risk for complications due to age, medical conditions, or a history of previous injuries or surgeries.
For example, a patient who is scheduled to undergo hip replacement surgery may participate in prehab to strengthen the muscles in their legs and hips, improve their balance and mobility, and reduce the risk of falls or other complications after the surgery. Prehab may also involve education on how to manage pain, care for the surgical site, and perform necessary activities of daily living after the procedure.
How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy is a form of treatment that helps individuals recover from an injury, illness, or surgery. The goal of physiotherapy is to restore function, reduce pain, and improve overall quality of life. Physiotherapy can involve a variety of therapies, such as exercises to improve strength and mobility, manual therapy to reduce pain and improve range of motion, and education on how to manage and prevent future injuries or complications. Physiotherapists are trained professionals who work with patients to develop personalized treatment plans based on their individual needs and goals.
Prehab and physiotherapy are both important for maintaining and improving physical health and function. Prehab can help to reduce the need for physiotherapy by preparing the body for a physical challenge and reducing the risk of complications. Physiotherapy can help individuals recover from injuries and surgeries and regain their physical function. It is often recommended to undergo prehab before a surgical procedure or other physical challenge to improve the chances of a successful recovery.
Whether you have just scheduled surgery or you are in the recovery process, our physiotherapists at Home Physio Group can help you. We begin with a personalised assessment to develop a custom-tailored physiotherapy plan that is right for you.
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