Benefits of Physical Therapy Before Surgery

A recent study, found that knee- and hip-replacement patients that participated in an exercise based physical  therapy program six weeks prior to surgery reduced their need for inpatient rehabilitation by 73%.  Pre-hab, exercise-based physical therapy before surgery, can help patients get back on  their feet faster after surgery. One innovative form of pre-hab is the P.R.E.P.  program developed by Robert Babb, PT, MBA, Founder and President of The Physical Therapy and Wellness Institute. He shares details about this beneficial program with PT Talker in today’s podcast.

The P.R.E.P. Program starts off with a pre-screening by a physical therapist and a phone call to the  surgeon to discuss the surgery. Patients then participate in supervised  exercise with each and every visit. At the end of the program a physical  therapist completes a final screening. For patients that require physical  therapy following a surgery, Babb has access to data that shows where the  patient was before surgery and can compare the patient’s current status to that data.

To learn more about implementing a pre-hab program at your clinic, listen to the full podcast now.

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  1. Posted December 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Great post! Way to be pro-active about the value of allied healthcare!

  2. Posted December 28, 2011 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Totally agree with your post! Thanks for sharing and enlightening our profession about the benefits of private pay programs!

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