Doing the right exercises at the right dose at the right time
Rehab protocols are written to help patients achieve the best possible outcome (result) by setting out a timetable of goals and appropriate exercises and activities at each stage of tissue healing after injury or surgery .
In order to achieve the best possible outcome (result), timelines and exercises are typically individualized by physiotherapists and surgeons based on the patient's presentation.
Performing inappropriate exercises or returning to activity prematurely can disrupt tissue healing, cause re-injury and / or a delayed return to activity.
On the other hand, if a patient does not follow a rehab protocol and achieve their rehab goals on time, it can result in stiffness requiring further surgery and possibly, permanent disability and increased pain.
Terry Kane, Orthopaedic Physiotherapist (Calgary, AB, CAN)
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