Prehabilitation in preparation for orthopaedic surgery

Orthop Nurs. Sep-Oct 2002;21(5):43-51; quiz 52-4. doi: 10.1097/00006416-200209000-00008.


By improving an individual's functional capacity through increased physical activity before an anticipated orthopaedic procedure, it seems reasonable to assume that the individual will maintain a higher level of functional ability and rebound more rapidly in the rehabilitation process. Prehabilitation is the process of enhancing functional capacity of the individual to enable him or her to withstand the stressor of inactivity associated with an orthopaedic procedure. A generic prehabilitation program incorporates the components of warm-up, a cardiovascular component, resistance training, flexibility training, and practicing functional tasks.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Bed Rest / adverse effects
  • Clinical Protocols
  • Contraindications
  • Exercise Test
  • Exercise Therapy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Orthopedic Nursing / methods
  • Orthopedic Procedures / nursing
  • Orthopedic Procedures / rehabilitation*
  • Preoperative Care / methods*