Pre-Surgical Rehab River Edge, NJ

Pre-Surgical Rehab

What Is Pre-Surgical Therapy?

While most people understand the importance of undergoing physical therapy, a lot of folks don’t know about pre-surgical therapy and its importance. Pre-surgical therapy is a treatment program by a physical therapist designed to help you achieve greater outcomes after surgery. Also known as “pre-hab therapy,” pre-surgical therapy is recommended by healthcare professionals approximately one month prior to surgery.

No one really wants to have surgery, but living with a loss of function or pain leads many to undergo surgery every year. As people are now living longer, their joints are undergoing more wear and tear. Pre-surgical therapy is often done for those undergoing surgery for rotator cuff, hip, shoulder and ACL reconstructions. It’s critical for patients with these types of injuries to have surgery so they can resume daily activities.

The Goals of Pre-Surgical Therapy

The goals for pre-surgical therapy include:

  • Mental and psychological preparation for surgery
  • Reduce inflammation and pain after surgery
  • Normalize movement patterns prior to surgery
  • Increase range and motion
  • Improve muscular control of the injured body part
  • Improve overall fitness and well-being
  • Gain a thorough understanding of exercises that are required following surgery

There will always be a loss of movement and mobility after having surgery. For a better outcome after surgery, pre-surgical therapy by a physical therapist has been shown to be effective for patients. Those who have had pre-surgical therapy wind up having increased stamina and strength after surgery. Daily function and mobility are also greater with pre-surgical therapy.

Pre-Surgical Therapy and Physical Therapy

It is important to note that the body will not regain normal motion without specific retraining. After a comprehensive assessment, a physical therapist will work together with the patient to establish goals and specific guidelines in order to resume normal activities after surgery. A pre-surgical therapy program is structured and tailored to the patient’s needs and type of injury. Both pre-surgical therapy and post-surgical therapy are critical to a successful outcome after surgery.

Studies have been done to support the importance of pre-surgical therapy. “Forty-five patients admitted to the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology of Locomotor System for elective total hip replacement surgery, were recruited for a study. The assessment consisted of a detailed interview using various questionnaires: the Harris Hip Score (HHS), the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC), the 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36), and the Hip disability and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (HOOS), as well as physical examination. Patients were assigned to groups based on their attendance of preoperative therapy. The patients who received pre-surgical therapy had a significant improvement in pain, daily functioning, vitality, psychological health, and social life.”

Are you getting ready for surgery? Be sure to call us to set an appointment for pre-surgical therapy. Our physical therapists address range of motion, balance, and strength. Plus, we’ll educate you about the procedure, what to expect and how to prepare. So, if surgery is in your future, contact us at River Edge, NJ center to get started with pre-surgical therapy and have a better outcome after surgery. The road to recovery doesn’t have to wait until after surgery.

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Michelle Ribustello,

I came to Back to Health in 2015 from a skilled nursing facility and it's been great being able to work with my patients in their home, helping them in their own environment. It's much more rewarding to be able to see them function independently by the time you are finished with them and they are discharged. Working for Back to Health has also been great. I am a new mom so scheduling has been phenomenal. Your patients are very flexible, the office is super flexible, and they just make work a pleasure.

It feels so good to love my job each and every day!

Jodi McLean,

Back to Health gives me the opportunity to see patients in the clinic setting and in their homes. I love the connection I am able to make with my patients and their families as they welcome me into their homes. This is the most flexible, rewarding, stress-free job anyone could ever ask for as an occupational therapist. It feels so good to love my job each and every day!

Back To Health is the best PT job that I have ever had.

Patricia Verdote,

Back To Health is the best PT job that I have ever had. I am able to treat the patients the way that I want to treat, the way that I believe will be the best level of care for the patient in their own environment. I helped one patient learn how to get up off of their favorite chair in their living room – and that is not something that I have ever had the chance to do before!

You couldn't ask for anything better.

Melissa Stawinski,

I feel really lucky to be able to work for Back to Health Physical Therapy. It's allowed me to really tap into why I became an OT in the first place. Working in people's homes, in their environment, identifying what's meaningful to them, and helping them achieve their goals; you couldn't ask for anything better.

It is such a fun time and I look forward to working with you!

Jill Chroback,

The reason I love working for Back to Health is not only for working with such a wonderful staff, we have some great therapists and administrators working here, but also working with patients in their own environment so we are able to do a lot in actual situations and we have seen some great progress. It is such a fun time and I look forward to working with you!

This has been the best, professional, ethical group I have ever worked with.

Diane Hennion,

I have been working for Back to Health for three years now and out of my whole career, this has been the best, professional, ethical group I have ever worked with. They are friendly, warm and very intent on providing the best outcome and care for their individual clients.

I honestly look forward to "going to work" with Back to Health.

Stephanie Spada,

I love working at Back to Health as it allows me the flexibility to be both a hands-on involved mom to an amazing six-year-old little boy as well as a working professional. I am able to provide quality one-on-one quality care to my patient's in the comfort of their own home. I honestly look forward to "going to work" with Back to Health. They are a caring, dedicated group of special people who truly want the best for their patients!!

The flexibility is priceless to me.

Jill Friedbauer,

It was very difficult for me to find a PT position where I could send my kids off to school in the morning and to also be home to greet them when they come home in the afternoon. That flexibility is priceless to me. My patients have made a tremendous level of progress – even more than I have seen in clinical environments – which is really rewarding. I love working with Back To Health so much that I have referred clinicians that I have worked with in the past to join their team!

The most emotional and financially rewarding position that I have ever had.

Yvette Jain-Nafpliotis,

I have been working with Back To Health since 2006 and it has been the most emotional and financially rewarding position that I have ever had. The patients are so grateful for the services and I truly can see their progress in a very direct way.