Preparing for Knee Surgery: How Prehab Can Help

Facing knee surgery might seem overwhelming, but were you aware that prehabilitation, also known as prehab, can significantly enhance your results? Prehab involves a tailored approach to rehabilitation aimed at priming your body for the upcoming surgery.

Exploring the Advantages of Prehab: Prehabilitation presents numerous advantages for individuals anticipating knee surgery. Collaborating with a physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist beforehand enables you to strengthen the surrounding muscles, enhance joint mobility, and elevate overall physical fitness. These preparatory steps aid in mitigating postoperative complications, shortening recovery duration, and optimising surgical results.

When you participate in prehab with Exercise Physiologist or Physiotherapists, you benefit from a personalised treatment regimen created to meet your individual needs, objectives and goals. Your Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist will evaluate your present physical state, pinpoint any weaknesses or imbalances, and formulate a focused exercise and prehab strategy to target those areas. The program may encompass exercises aimed at enhancing strength, flexibility, stability, and cardiovascular fitness.

Knee pain and inflammation are common challenges for individuals awaiting surgery. Prehab aims to reduce these symptoms by using various techniques such as manual therapy, movement and things like heat or cold therapy. By helping to manage pain and inflammation before surgery, you can enhance your comfort levels and optimise the surgical process.

Prehab is not only about physical preparation but also about providing you with the knowledge and strategies needed to actively participate in your recovery journey. During prehab sessions, your Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist will inform you about the, postoperative expectations, and self-management techniques. This education empowers you to take control of your recovery and make informed decisions about your health

Preparation before knee surgery is pivotal, and collaborating with a Physiotherapist and/ or Exercise Physiologist significantly boosts surgical results. Individualised treatment plans, focused exercises, pain alleviation strategies, and education, preparing you for surgery and laying the groundwork for a successful recovery.

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Niki Holding

Niki Holding is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with an impressive array of qualifications under her belt, including a Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science to name a few. What sets Niki apart as an Exercise Physiologist is her unwavering dedication to helping people find their exercise motivation and achieve their health goals. On top of this, Niki also has an incredible amount of experience in first aid and as a sports trainer. Niki currently works with St John Ambulance and the Western Bulldogs with the AFLW/VFLW teams But Niki is more than just a fitness guru. She is also an avid traveler and has hiked to Mt Everest Base Camp, volunteered in Mozambique, taught first aid in rural areas of Tanzania, and conquered Mt Kilimanjaro.
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Niki Holding

Niki Holding is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with an impressive array of qualifications under her belt, including a Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science to name a few. What sets Niki apart as an Exercise Physiologist is her unwavering dedication to helping people find their exercise motivation and achieve their health goals. On top of this, Niki also has an incredible amount of experience in first aid and as a sports trainer. Niki currently works with St John Ambulance and the Western Bulldogs with the AFLW/VFLW teams But Niki is more than just a fitness guru. She is also an avid traveler and has hiked to Mt Everest Base Camp, volunteered in Mozambique, taught first aid in rural areas of Tanzania, and conquered Mt Kilimanjaro.

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