Research Shows Strength Training Speeds Recovery from Surgery aka “Prehab”

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Strength & fitness training done before joint surgery, aka prehabilitation, has been shown to help the body build healthier joints & muscles that can be maintained after the surgery is completed.

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An increasingly popular means of preparing for a swift recovery and possibly avoiding surgery altogether is slow-motion strength training. Strength and fitness training done before joint surgery, aka “prehabilitation,” has been shown to help the body build healthier joints and muscles that can be maintained after the surgery is completed.

Total knee replacement

One of the most common surgeries today is total knee replacement (TKR), with more than 381,000 TKRs being performed each year, and the number expected to grow six-fold in the next 20 years. The operation can be highly beneficial as it decreases or eliminates pain in people with severe knee osteoarthritis while at the same time improving their day-to-day functioning. However, during recovery TKRs also result in periods of inactivity, causing people to lose approximately 60% of strength in their quadriceps muscles within the first 30 days after surgery. Thus, people who have undergone TKRs walk and climb stairs more slowly as compared to others in their age group.

Scientists at the University of Louisville did a study that compared a group of people who “prehabbed” with one that did not for five months prior to receiving surgery. The prehab group trained three times weekly, doing exercises such as leg curls and leg extensions. After surgery, both groups were given the same type of physical therapy. Before the surgery, strength training kept the participants’ knee pain from worsening and enhanced skills such as rising from a chair, walking, and stair climbing. One month after surgery, the control group declined in walking speed and quadriceps strength, but the prehab group did not. Also, three months later, the prehab group experienced greater functional ability and strength in the operated leg.

Overall, the results of the study show that strength in the quadriceps is correlated with improved functional ability and decreased knee pain. And similar results were obtained in a study by University of Delaware researchers, who examined quadriceps strength in participants several days before and one year after total knee replacement surgery. Moreover, the scientists noticed that quadriceps strength prior to surgery is able to predict dynamic balance a year after surgery. Dynamic balance is assessed by noting how rapidly a person is able to rise from a chair, go around a sharp turn then return to the chair.

Based on the results of these studies, balance and strength are among the most significant benefits of a slow-motion strength training regimen.

As mentioned, the University of Louisville study included five months of prehabilitation, although it may be possible to only train for three months before surgery and still experience a quick and less-painful-than-usual recovery period. And the earlier a person starts, the more strength they will build prior to undergoing surgery. During the process of strengthening before surgery, the joints become healthier as the surrounding muscles become stronger. Thus, to prepare for or completely avoid a surgery like TKR, slow-motion strength training with a fitness trainer is the answer. It only requires 20 minutes, twice per week with a trainer to get a lifetime workout guaranteed to build strength and improve health.

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