Posted by | January 7 | 2019

Prehabilitation: The Importance of Pre-Operative Physiotherapy (Part 1)


It’s common for patients to seek rehabilitation therapy after a surgery to help them recover and regain mobility, but few people consider prehabilitation. It’s becoming more and more common for doctors to recommend physiotherapy before a surgery to either help patients avoid needing surgery at all, or to set them up for the best possible results and healing after a necessary surgery. Here’s what you need to know about pre-operative physiotherapy and how it may help you have a better outcome.

What Is Pre-Operative Physiotherapy?

Prehabilitation is an exercise-based program conducted by a physiotherapist that is customized to the needs of each individual preparing for major surgery. This type of rehab is designed to improve surgery outcome, prevent it altogether, and strengthen the body and mind.


Doctors of the past have recommended complete bedrest for patients who have had surgery as a cautionary way to prevent injuring the site again. However, modern doctors recognize that complete bedrest through the healing process often leads to prolonged discomfort and pain, and loss of mobility. Prehab and exercise after surgery have proven to achieve better prevention of injuries and optimize the outcomes of surgery. Here are some of the benefits of prehabilitation.

Mobility and Flexibility

Exercise and treatment before surgery can improve mobility and flexibility, especially in patients who are inactive. Prehabilitation involves careful, controlled exercises and movements that expand range of motion and prepare the muscles for faster healing.

Reduce Recovery & Hospitalization Time

Prehab has shown to reduce post-operative care by as much as 29% in patients who have hip or knee replacements. Not only does this benefit mean cost savings, it also means a reduced recovery and hospitalization time. Patients that are able to build muscles in their core, arms, legs, and back before surgery can experience less amounts of atrophy during recovery post-operation.

May Eliminate the Need for Surgery

Although prehab has a different objective than post-operative physiotherapy, it is still able to provide incredible results. In some patients, prehab is able to eliminate the need for surgery altogether. Patients who need joint replacements may not benefit from prehab, but it can help soft tissue injuries to the point of surgery avoidance.

Improves Attitude

How you feel emotionally has a huge impact on how well you heal. Often times people feel discouraged after surgery, as some of their abilities are now hindered. Knowing your goals after surgery and working with a prehab specialist can help you have a positive attitude going in and coming out of surgery. This will help you stay motivated to follow your physician’s advice and after-care instructions afterwards.

Our Approach to Pre-operative Physiotherapy

Pre-operative physiotherapy is designed to evaluate, restore, and maintain physical function and mobility before surgery to encourage a better outcome. At MedRehab Group, we will work with you to treat your chronic pain and health conditions, and help you prepare for surgery. We serve clients in Brampton, Georgetown, Hamilton, Toronto, Richmond Hill, Maple, Vaughan, Woodbridge, and Pickering. We strive to do our best to meet our clients’ expectations. Contact us at 1-888-409-4058 to book your first physiotherapy consultation and treatment.

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