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Benefits of Exercise Rehabilitation

Evidence-based exercise rehabilitation is a critical component of any physical therapy treatment plan to help those recovering from an injury or surgery.

Exercise rehab can alleviate pain and restore movement and function of an injured area by focusing on flexibility, muscle strength, and endurance. Balance exercises are also important to help you avoid re-injury. Performing targeted exercises not only strengthens the body but can shorten the amount of time you need for recovery. It can also prohibit the formation of blood clots after surgery or periods of inactivity, which can be fatal in some circumstances.

In addition, following surgery, healthy muscles, joints, and connective tissue may be overworked in an effort to accommodate the weakness caused by the injury or surgery. This, in turn, can cause misalignment issues, sprains and strains, as well as other problems. Exercise rehab can address these secondary issues as well.

Physical therapy that includes exercise rehab typically starts within three days of surgery. Because muscle strength is lost quite rapidly following an injury or surgery, the quicker therapists get involved, the easier it will be to improve or return your body to the shape it was in prior to surgery. So, the sooner you begin your rehabilitation program, the sooner you’ll be able to return to your normal activities.

As your recovery progresses, the exercises will be adapted to encourage strength and mobility. During a recovery period, the patient should be challenged every step of the way. Your therapist will identify areas needing additional work and create a program centered around that area for you to continue at home.

Benefits by Rehabilitation Stage

Most rehabilitation focuses on a three-part plan of early stage rehab, mid-stage rehab, and end-stage rehab.

By actively engaging in rehab efforts and following your therapist’s suggestions, you can more quickly return to playing an active role in your family and community.

If you or someone you know is slated for surgery or recovering from an injury, contact Lynx Healthcare and let their professionals guide you through an exercise rehabilitation process to make you better and stronger, faster. Call (509) 591-0070 or request a consultation now and experience the Lynx difference for yourself.

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