At Healthy Connections, we recommend preparing for the stress of joint surgery by exercise training (pre-habilitation). Pre-habilitation may improve strength and functions prior to surgery, and has the potential to contribute to improve post-operative recovery. This may include, total knee, hip or shoulder replacements, knee arthroscopies, gluteal tendon repairs and other general surgeries where pre/post-exercise is recommended. Research in this area support pre-habilitation, outlining its effectiveness with increasing strength and function for individuals with severe Osteoarthritis awaiting joint replacement.
Post-operative 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 individuals awaiting surgery.