Rehabilitation after a surgery is a science and an art. The science of rehabilitation relies on a firm understanding of the bodys normal response to injury and trauma. The art of rehabilitation rests in the clinician’s ability to interpret the individual patient’s unique signs and symptoms. The ability to formulate a plan of care that maximizes an individual’s healing potential relies on the ability to blend the science and the art of rehabilitations.

Phase I (First week)

  • Protection of incision site
  • Bed mobility training
  • Gait training

Phase II (week 2 – week 10)

  • Proper in & out of bed
  • Proper in & out of chair
  • Sitting, standing, carrying and lifting
  • Minimize sitting and maximize walking time
  • No lifting greater than 5kg and no overhead lifting
  • Passive range of motion of lower extremity
  • Stretches hip flexor (after 8 weeks with physician’s approval)
  • Bridging
  • Gluteal squeezes
  • Dying bug (after 8 weeks with physician’s approval)

Phase III (week 11 – week 20)

  • Isotonic exercises using weights with increasing repetitions or resistance
  • Partial sit ups without any lumbar rotation or flexion

Push ups