Get stronger before surgery for a better outcome. Restore motion and function after surgery to return to your daily life ASAP!
If you are planning a surgery, such as ACL repair or joint replacement, you and your surgeon may want to consider starting exercise before surgery. Learning brand new exercises immediately after surgery can be challenging. Medications may leave you fatigued and pain will make it difficult to want to move. Starting exercises before surgery will help your body remember what to do after.
When a movement is repeated over time, a long-term “muscle memory” is created for that task, eventually allowing it to be performed without conscious effort. Performing pre-op exercises will give you a leg up in post-op rehab and get back to your prior level of activity faster! A one-time consultation may be performed where you will be given home exercises, or you have the option of coming into the clinic for more frequent sessions.
Even if you aren’t able to do pre-op exercises, getting into Physical Therapy as soon as your doctor gives you clearance will help you gain full range of motion, minimize scar tissue, and prevent significant muscle atrophy. Soft tissue work can help to reduce swelling and therapeutic exercise will give you the best chance for full recovery. The Pilates method is low-impact on the body and may also be integrated into post-op therapy. We’ll gear your therapy specifically toward the sports or activities you want to get back to and teach you how to prevent future injury.