At Healthy Connections Exercise Clinics, we recommend preparing for the stress of joint surgery by exercise training (prehabilitation). Prehabilitation may improve strength and function before surgery, and has the potential to contribute to improved postoperative recovery. This may include but not be limited to total knee or hip replacement, shoulder replacement, knee arthroscopies, gluteal tendon repairs and other general surgeries where pre-exercise/ post-exercise is recommended. Research in this area supports prehabilitation is effective for increasing strength and function for individuals with severe Osteoarthritis awaiting joint replacement.
Postoperative rehabilitation is of the utmost importance following total joint replacements in order to ensure pain-free function of the joint and improve the patient’s quality of life. Muscle atrophy (loss) often accompanies forced bed rest and will not return without appropriate exercise training.
Our Exercise Physiologists are able to prescribe a clinic based or home based exercise program to prepare or rehabilitate anyone awaiting surgery.