The emergence of COVID-19 earlier this year put a hard-stop on many elective surgeries, including joint replacements. This was to reduce the risk of spreading infection, and to keep patients and hospital staff safe. As summer has dragged along and we edge closer to fall, here at Peak Form we’re starting to see more elective surgeries again, and patients need help to get back to normal.

BUT! The title of this post is “pre-habilitation.” What is “pre-hab?”

We use this term to refer to strengthening and mobility work prior to surgery, usually a joint replacement (a new hip or knee) but may also be prior to a ligament reconstruction surgery or other musculoskeletal issues.

Why would anyone need pre-habilitation?

The primary reason we push for this is to optimize your recovery after surgery. If you can build your muscle strength PRIOR to your surgery, you’ll have a higher baseline when you come out the other side. This means you’ll have better muscle strength supporting you, and this can help to offload joints that literally just had an operation.

How many visits would I need before surgery?

This depends on the type of surgery and your insurance coverage, as many insurance plans have limits on the number of physical therapy visits you can have in a year. It’s beneficial to have at least three visits prior to surgery, so we can prescribe appropriate home exercises. If you’re able to attend for more than that (as we want to ensure you have plenty of visits after surgery as well), then even better: we’ll utilize equipment and resistance machines to get you in the best shape possible.

Do I need a referral?

Colorado is a direct-access state, which means you do not need a physician referral to come and see us. However, most of our patients have referrals from their physician or surgeon.

If you have an upcoming surgery or had a surgery that was postponed due to COVID-19, there is no better time to work on your strength and mobility. Take advantage of our highly trained therapists and use state-of-the-art equipment. Call us today!

By Laura Vroman