With the growing number of COVID-19 cases, many hospitals and surgical centers are beginning to postpone elective surgeries to ensure resources are available for the sick. This includes non-emergency surgeries scheduled to relieve pain and repair injuries relating to the musculoskeletal system (i.e. ligament and tendon repairs, joint replacements, etc.)
Due to delays, those whose surgeries were postponed are now in a holding pattern, likely still in discomfort or with limited mobility. For those in this situation, physical therapy can be a proactive way to reduce pain while increasing mobility and function until surgeries can be rescheduled.
What is Prehabilitation?
In short, prehabilitation is a form of physical therapy for patients awaiting surgery. The goals of prehabilitation are to:
- Help with the reduction of pain and inflammation
- Maintain or restore range of motion
- Instruction in the use of assistive devices
- Increase strength for post-surgical recovery
- Manage or set expectations for recovery
What are the Benefits of Prehabilitation?
Working with a physical therapist prior to surgery or while awaiting a surgical procedure can help to ensure your recovery post-surgery is maximized. If a surgical procedure is delayed, a prehabilitation program can be a proactive approach to address deficits in strength, pain and movement while you are waiting.
Do I need a Prescription from my Doctor to Schedule Prehabilitation?
All states currently have some form of direct access to physical therapy without the need of a physician’s referral. There are some insurances, however, that do require a physician referral. While we always recommend checking with your insurance to confirm, we would be more than happy to also verify these benefits for you over the phone.