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For Better Rehab Try Prehab

For Better Rehab Try Prehab

When This is Where I Leave You hit theaters, 76-year-old Jane Fonda was fit as ever -- and that’s after a knee replacement, which followed a hip replacement and major back surgery. Her unbelievable turn-around time is due in large part to the fact that she was in great shape before each of her surgeries.

Now we have a name for that: PREhab. And you don’t need to be as fit as Fonda to get its benefits. If you’re one of the more than 1.4 million North Americans who are going to get a total knee or hip replacement in 2015, seeing a physical therapist (PT) in the months or weeks before your operation can slash your need for post-op care from a home health agency or in an inpatient facility by almost 30%.  So, consider making an appointment with a PT; you’ll learn exercises that strengthen leg muscles and increase flexibility to help you get back on your feet faster.

Medically reviewed in June 2019.

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