Pre-rehabilitation, also known as prehab, refers to a proactive approach to healthcare that focuses on preparing individuals for upcoming surgeries or medical procedures. It involves engaging in specific exercises, therapies, and lifestyle modifications to optimize physical and mental health before undergoing a procedure.
The goal of pre-rehabilitation is to enhance the individual’s overall fitness, strength, and functional capacity, which can lead to better surgical outcomes and a smoother recovery process. By addressing any existing physical limitations or health conditions before the procedure, prehab can help reduce the risk of complications, improve post-operative outcomes, and speed up the recovery process.
Prehabilitation programs are tailored to the individual’s specific needs and may include a combination of exercises, and physical therapy. The exercises and therapies prescribed in prehabilitation programs aim to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, flexibility, and balance.
Prehabilitation is commonly recommended for individuals who are scheduled to undergo surgeries such as joint replacements, cardiac procedures, cancer surgeries, and abdominal surgeries. However, it can be beneficial for anyone preparing for a medical procedure, regardless of the type or complexity.
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