When patients miss/do not follow through with prescribed rehab, they're making a big mistake. The purpose of rehab is to address weaknesses and imbalances in the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) that move your body and hold your joints together. Scar tissue from injuries and deterioration from aging and arthritis create the imbalances and make rehab an essential part of recovering completely. Rehab not only strengthens weak areas, but also restores balance so bilateral structures are equal. Stopping therapy or early (or dismissing it altogether) can leave joints trying to heal prone to re-injury and may even derail previous progress.
A lot of patients also think rehab is the same as going to the gym and lifting weights and so mistakenly choose this over guided rehab with a therapist. This is another huge mistake. Exercises performed to rehab an injury or damaged joint are meant to strengthen/stretch the tiny muscles, ligaments and tendons. Lifting weights at the gym is for training only the big muscles. In rehab, exercises/stretches are chosen to work synergistically to create balance. Gym exercises are often chosen randomly and so may eventually contribute to further imbalances.
At Solutions, rehab is a big part of the therapy we provide to our patients. We recommend therapy to nearly all our patients getting regenerative medicine for their joints. Rehab is also very important for our chiropractic patients trying to recover from disc injuries and structural misalignments. Besides getting stronger, more stable joints, many of our elderly patients also report improved balance from our rehab. One thing is certain… patients who do not perform or follow through with rehab do not get the same lasting results as the patients that do.