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Prehab Exercises Could Help Improve Recovery From Surgery

We’ve all heard of rehab but could prehab be just as beneficial? But first what is the difference between rehab and prehab?

Rehab – or rehabilitation exercises are usually done after surgery to help the body reach its pre-surgery state. These exercises strengthen the muscles and joints, restoring their function and can help improve flexibility.

Prehab – or prehabilitation exercises are strength training exercises aimed at preventing injury. Prehab exercises can be applied to people awaiting orthopedic surgery, which can help improve their outcomes. 

Invasive surgery can be tough on the body, with most patients requiring rehabilitation after surgery to get back in shape. This is why researchers are now interested in leaning more about the role prehab exercises can play in recovery. This is why a Canadian study is being conducted to examine the benefits of prehab.

The majority of Cnadian having surgery are over the age of 65, and about 40% of those patients live in frailty, which can lead to poorer outcomes after surgery. These patients stand to benefit the most with a customized prehab program to help prevent longer than average waiting times. 

Prehab exercises can involve 30 minutes of exercise, strength training and stretching three times a week for four weeks before the elective surgery. Some patients can perform these exercises front the comfort of their home.

The study is being conducted in 11 hospitals across Canada. 


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