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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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