Author: Hannah Lewis- Yates Physiotherapy, Friday, 29th March, 2019
PRE-habilitation – what does this mean?
Rehabilitation is a concept that is very familiar to most people – the process of regaining strength after surgery. But what is prehabilitation?
Undergoing major surgery can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. It is usually followed by pain, a loss of normal function and a decline in strength. This can negatively affect our health in many ways, both physically and mentally. Prehabilitation is the process of optimising the strength and function of a joint or joints prior to undergoing surgery, to minimise the functional decline seen postoperatively. This can involve strengthening exercises, aerobic training, specific functional tasks or a combination of all three.
Undergoing prehabilitation with a physiotherapist is a great way to mentally and physically prepare your body for a surgery. It’s a great time to ask questions, understand your level of function and set some goals ready to start your rehabilitation journey.