What is Injury Rehab?
Rehabilitation is an exercise-based therapy used to improve, restore or maintain physical strength, gain mobility and improve flexibility, proprioception and function.
A rehabilitation assessment will highlight areas of restriction or weakness that could potentially cause or contribute to pain and injury. At Bodymotion, we place a strong emphasis on rehabilitation, as it is essential to understand why an injury occurred in the first place to stop it from happening again.
Rehabilitation is completely unique to each patient and it’s not a case that one size fits all. At Bodymotion, we will design a specific rehabilitation program based on the ability and goals of each individual. For one patient this may be to be pain-free again after surgery, whereas for someone else rehabilitation may be aimed at helping them to build up to run their first marathon or return to professional sport post-injury.
At Bodymotion, we frequently come across patients who are injury-free and want to compete in endurance events. A rehabilitation or “prehab” assessment can highlight areas which could potentially cause, or contribute to, an injury. Specific exercises can then be provided to address these injury-prone sites, thus keeping patients injury-free and allowing them to compete with confidence.
What to Expect at Your First Rehab Consultation
What Should I Wear?
On your first, visit it would be advisable to bring shorts and a t-shirt to change into (in order for the therapist to perform assessment). Gowns can be provided if you forget. Loose fitting clothes should then be worn on subsequent visits, as exercises will be required to be completed within the sessions.
What Happens at My First Consultation?
The first consultation takes approximately 45 minutes. It is during this consultation that information is obtained so that a diagnosis and a rehabilitation plan of your complaint can be made.
This can be subdivided into three parts:
• Case History
Information is taken relevant to your injury, i.e. site of discomfort and aggravating and relieving factors. Your previous medical history will also be covered as will your sporting history and individual goals for rehabilitation.
This is an assessment that will highlight any discrepancies in movement or movement control. It will allow your therapist to correlate any dysfunctions that are being presented through the assessment and then be able to devise a treatment plan to address them.
Upon completion of the examination, the diagnosis and a plan of management will be explained by your therapist. The patient will then be asked to consent to treatment and treatment can then be initiated.
A rehabilitation plan will be laid out, explaining why, when and how the exercises should be carried out. This will include frequency and duration of the programme.
At all times, patients are encouraged to ask questions in order to put them at ease and maximise the benefits of their treatment.
Rehabilitation varies significantly between patients. Your exercise rehabilitation plan is catered specifically for you and your goals and can be broken down into:
• Rehabilitative and postural.
• Specific sports rehabilitation.
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