Various techniques employed in a rehabilitation program have the significance of their own in improving physical performance and restoring the patient to normal activities.
- Stretching and bending exercises improve the flexibility of the muscles at the injured site
- Massage techniques relieve the tension of the muscles and improve the blood flow to the site of injury
- Stability exercises restore the functions and movements of broken or injured joints
- Use of appropriate gear corrects biomechanical dysfunction, such as specially designed running shoes which are recommended for sports individuals with a foot injury. These shoes have a harder material inside the sole which holds the foot firmly.
Practising several measures may help you obtain better results from the rehabilitation program:
- Gradually increase the time and intensity of the exercises
- Exercise and walk regularly
- Choose correct footwear
- Do not work out on an empty stomach and drink plenty of water before
Post-Operative Rehabilitation Recovery
Post-operative or post-surgical rehabilitation programs are recommended to strengthen the muscles at the injured site, relieve pain, ensure mobility, and restore to normal functional capability. The common rehabilitation procedures include:
- Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE)
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen to reduce pain
- Usage of crutches, braces, or heat retainer to prevent movement of the injured site
- Sports massages
In addition to the above-mentioned treatments, your physiotherapist may instruct special exercises following surgery, depending upon the type of injury and type of surgery.