Rehabilitation Road to Recovery
Rehabilitation is a process of healing and increasing the mobility of a joint or muscle
The process can be a slow and an arduous journey, but in the end the benefits can surmount to full recovery.
Initially when you have an injury be it from walking your dog in the park or from running on the road, the whole process of going to the doctor and then being referred to a specialist, like a physio, can be disconcerting to say the least.
The physio will examine your injury and explain what rehab exercises you will be required to perform, and how many follow up sessions will need to take place in the foreseeable future.
During the session the physio will do slow movement exercises to see how the mobility and range of motion the injury area has.
Physio therapists are there until your injury or injuries are somewhat rehabilitated, and you are able to carry on with the required exercises at home. Rehabilitation exercises are slow, utilizing light or no weights. exercises that are too strenuous on the joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles should be avoided.
The exercises you do at home should be performed in the same fashion as they are with the physio. After a while the exercises will become easier and your range of motion will increase.
Different exercises are performed for different injuries and areas and always remember that you have been given the right exercises specifically for your injury. The second thing to remember is to perform the exercises slowly and don’t rush it, rehabilitation is a lengthy process and can take anything from 3 months to 3 years, and all depends on the severity of the injury.
By Louise van Vuuren