What is it?
If you have an injury that requires surgical intervention there is a large amount of evidence which shows Pre and Post-op Rehabilitation with physiotherapy makes you recover better and faster. Prehabilitation is getting as much range of motion and strength in the affected and surrounding areas before surgery. Post-operation (post-op) rehabilitation is the guided process of rehabilitating from surgery.
What does it involve?
Prehabilitation involves regular physiotherapy treatments which may include massage, mobilisations, acupuncture, a progressive strengthening and stretching programme. Prehabilitation is very important to gain as much strength as possible. It will also introduce you to some of the exercises that you will be doing after surgery.
Post-op rehabilitation includes all of the above treatments in a monitored progression. It also includes your therapist communicating with your surgeon to ensure they receive appropriate advice. This will help to ensure a full and complete recovery in the most appropriate time frame.
Does ACC or insurance cover it?
If your injury is already covered by ACC you will have a limit to the amount of physiotherapy sessions available before your surgery. When this limit is reached your therapist may be able to request more sessions or they will give you specific guidelines so you can continue strengthening at home. At Back in Action Physio there is a small surcharge for ACC treatments.
After the operation ACC will continue to support your sessions until you reach the allocated number of approved sessions. Once again your therapist may request more sessions. We like to ensure our patients are 100% back to normal so we will continue to keep in touch with you until you are back to doing the things you want.
If you have a long-standing injury that ACC is not covering then you will need to pay privately for your sessions. We do not treat you differently depending on who is covering the cost of the session so you can expect high class treatments every time. We can arrange receipts and invoicing with you and your insurance company.
How do I get started at Back In Action?
Call us now and book in for your first assessment. During your assessment we can discuss all of your questions and help you face a few fears. We will do a thorough assessment of the injured joint and all of affected joints to start to decrease the pressure and compensation that our bodies do naturally.
Before you operation you can come in any time and physiotherapy can be effective.
After your operation your surgeon can advise when is an appropriate time to start treatment or you can call us and have a chat and we can advise you. We often see patients within days of their operation so any time is a good time.