What Are The Stages Of Rehabilitation?


If you are injured and ready to make a full recovery from an injury, it is important to stick to a proper framework and timetable for rehabilitation.

Your injury and rehabilitation process will take a lot longer without efficient care following an established set of processes and exercises.

The general structure for recovery is reasonably straightforward and based on our clinical experience and recent research results, although the procedures for injury rehabilitation can differ according to each situation. We have set out the recommended steps to a good rehabilitation in order to get you on the road to the best recovery possible.

  1. Rest And Protect The Injury

The first stage of recovery is all about preventing further harm and allowing the body to begin the process of healing. Inflammation and pain are the first response of the body to injury. We have started the healing process, the better you can manage inflammation, control pain, and protect the damaged body part to prevent any more damage.

This stage is likely to require proper rest and could involve the use of ice or cold packs with some kind of protective cast, sling or tape to cover the injury. Pressure relief with analgesic and/or anti-inflammatory drugs should also be taken into consideration.

  1. Recover Your Motion

Factors such as swelling and discomfort will make it difficult to move the injured body part like you used to after injury or surgery.

In order to regain the early stage range of motion, careful soft tissue and joint mobilization preparation as recommended by your physiotherapist is a vital part of your rehabilitation. The healing process may be delayed or even reversed by stretching too far or beginning activities too early. Using advanced flexibility training suitable for your injury can help to get your range of motion back and prevent the permanent impact on the function of the body that reduced range of motion can have.

  1. Recover Your Strength

Most people are surprised to learn how muscle fatigue and a lack of stamina will result from their injury and the subsequent recovery period. After injury and surgery within 4-6 weeks, objective tests of muscle fatigue and wasting are widely reported. Major recovery targets set in the physiotherapy program are minimizing muscle loss and power deficits.

When sports injuries preclude involvement for a prolonged period of time in training and game time, it is necessary to preserve cardiovascular endurance. Exercises can be prescribed, such as stationary riding, pool exercises, or gentle exercise.

Performing exercises that reduce aggravation, maintain good form and correct technique, and improve local, regional and central muscle groups are the keys to optimizing recovery.

  1. Recover Your Function

Recovery of sport-specific characteristics and return to play is the final step of recovery. This injury recovery process will include restoring coordination and balance, enhancing speed, agility, and advancing from basic to complex sport-specific skills.

The Right Treatment For You

You’ll need to know exactly how to apply it to your injury now that you are more familiar with the framework of a proper recovery process. This is when it comes to correct diagnosis and the execution of an effective treatment plan.

For each individual, the best care plans are custom-suited. Your lifestyle, behaviors and any variables that could lead to your accident or affect your behavior going forward should also be taken into consideration in a thorough diagnosis and treatment plan.

It is better to refer to physiotherapists, who are the recovery specialists, for a proper diagnosis and full treatment plan. It can be misleading to rely exclusively on photographs or explanations of exercises. Physiotherapists are sports injury and orthopedic rehabilitation specialists and are specially qualified to get you going again and improve post-injury success levels.

Are You Looking for Post Operative Rehabilitation? 

Pace Physical Therapy in San Jose, California specializes in Post Operative Rehabilitation and recovery therapies.  We pride ourselves on offering the best possible physical therapy available and going above and beyond for our patients. Our highly experienced physical therapist will work with you to improve your function and relieve your pain. At Pace Physical Therapy, individualized post-surgical recovery not only minimizes your pain and speeds up the healing time, but it can also decrease the chances of postoperative complications, including infections, bleeding, blood clots, muscle fatigue, scar tissue, reduced function, and other factors that can affect your long-term health negatively. The ability to help you minimize or fully stop prescribed painkillers, including opioids, is another important justification for choosing post-surgical physical therapy. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!