Surgery has made great strides as far as the techniques of fixing and reconstruction of the various joints and ligaments are concerned. However just as and sometime more important than the surgery, it is also important how we undertake and complete the rehabilitation process.
The optimal path for a full recovery should include planning a period of preparation or rehabilitation for the surgery and a post-operative rehabilitation period.
The purpose of the rehabilitation programmme is to recover stability, mobility, strength, flexibility and the ability to perform certain functional and sporting movements again. Always trying to bring the injured limb to very similar, if not identical, values to the time before the injury.
The pre-operative period is of fundamental importance because it allows the person who has suffered the injury to go into the operating theatre with good muscular bulk and fitness.This is key to accelerated and enhanced rehabilitation outcomes post-surgery. However, as an injury very rarely affects only one area of the body, but usually alters also nearby ones, it is necessary to be very careful and operate with the utmost care to rehab the injured joint and use therapeutic exercises that help to recover the range of movement. After this the focus is to strengthen the muscles and stimulate the proprioceptive system.
For example, how do you deal with anterior cruciate ligament rupture (ACL)?
For further information, contact us or book your first visit which will include an initial diagnosis, a customised plan for medical care and a rehabilitation programme designed to suit your unique needs.