Performance Rx Sports Care has collaborated with the top surgeons in the area to develop customized prehab and rehab surgical protocol programs. Combining their newest surgical techniques with our progressive state of the art practices, a thoroughly designed program is created from day 1 to clearance. This personalized approach will reduce pain, while increasing range of motion and strength.
“PreHab” or pre-operative rehabilitation is a term used in the medical community when patients and athletes go thru a concise program to prepare for a surgical procedure separate from the typical training regime they were or are currently doing. This technique is perfect for people who want to recover faster and achieve the best outcome from any surgical intervention they will go thru. By taking a preventative approach to injuries we are able to extend an athlete’s season and career while also improving the quality of life of many patients heading into surgery. Research has shown that patients who undergo a successful and customized prehab program exhibit a greater reduction in pain levels, rapid improvements in strength, a range of motion, and a shorter recovery period which means less reliance on caregivers and quicker return to normal activities. Furthermore, patients experience better conditioning when tackling the stressors of surgery, and experience reduced time in post-operative rehab programs.
Rehab or postoperative rehabilitation begins following an orthopedic surgery or cosmetic surgery (i.e. hip, knee, shoulder, wrist, hand, neck, foot, ankle, spine, breast augmentation, buttock augmentation) to facilitate the recovery process your body naturally undergoes. Rehab does not start days or weeks after the swelling has gone down, it is not unheard of for many surgeries to begin hours after surgery has completed. The purpose of taking such quick action is to reduce swelling and improve range of motion as soon as possible. In doing so, you can increase strength much quicker than if you left the area alone. Some can even say a reduction of swelling can start days or weeks leading up to surgery with a low inflammatory diet.
The body will not regain normal motion without specific retraining. Time and time again we hear of patients who didn’t rehab before, after or both and since they had their surgery there has been a lingering pain, an incomplete range of motion, weakness, rigidity, and/or re-injury at the surgical site. We are specifically trained to first reduce swelling, second restore range of motion and reduce rigidity, third to strengthen without compensation to other areas, and fourth to prevent reinjury during the recovery process.
Following a thorough and concise evaluation, we will set goals to reduce the unpleasant outcomes effects of surgery such as pain and swelling to restore normal movement. Together with the patient, we will establish weekly functional goals related to resuming normal daily living activities as well as preventing re-injury. For every patient, our goal is to design a rehab program tailored specifically to the patient’s recovery needs and abilities and work revolving around the type of surgery they have gone thru.
Therapy is often divided into distinct phases for all patients no matter the surgery, age, or gender. The first the focus is on pain and swelling reduction, followed by restoration of flexibility. Finally, a strength and stability program is outlined. These phases of rehab will have overlap and may need to be revisited throughout care to ensure each phase is met to completion. The outcome goal is to return the patient to an activity level that is stronger and more stable than they were pre-injury.
Post-operative treatments may specifically include:
Strategies for expedited healing and pain and swelling reduction including modalities such as ice, laser therapy.
Range of motion exercises to regain full baseline flexibility.
Progressive exercises to regain strength and stability in the joints.
Proprioceptive training to improve coordination and balance.
Active Release Technique (ART) manual muscle therapy to break up scar tissue and regain normal function with a reduction in pain and swelling.
Kinesio tape/Rocktape to reduce swelling, improve muscle activation, reduce nerve compression, and provide added support.