4 Benefits of Short Term Rehabilitation

December 13, 2014

If you recently experienced a fall, surgery or a new health condition that has your medical team recommending short-term rehabilitation, you may be wondering, “what’s the point?” Below are four benefits of short-term rehabilitation that will help explain how it’s worth the time and energy it will require over the next few weeks or months.

Quality of Recovery

Even if you have remained active and healthy in your golden years, your regular fitness routine may not be the best way to recover from your current condition. In fact, your previous fitness routine may do more harm than good. By engaging in short-term rehabilitation, you can ensure that you remain active without over doing it. Your therapists will teach you what your short-term and long-term limitations are, and the body mechanics required to recover in a safe and healthy manner.

Speed of Recovery

After a fall, injury, or illness you may be anxious to return to your regular daily routine. The best way to do this is to work with a team of rehabilitation professionals who specialize in the exercises required to get you back to life. The treatment plan they create is designed to target the specific muscles, joints, and ligaments that will improve the speed of your recovery. They will make sure you don’t overdo it, but are working steadily towards your goals.

Create an Ongoing Plan for Maintenance

The reality is that, as we age, many injuries, surgeries, and health conditions may leave you with long-term limitations, such as decreased range of motion. The good news is that the exercises you learn during your rehabilitation are often exercises you can turn to at home to keep your muscles, joints, and ligaments strong and flexible. As the saying goes “if you don’t move it, you lose it,” and your ongoing health and fitness plan will help you manage concerns related to range of motion, flexibility, and pain.

Emotional Support from Someone Who Understands

Sometimes even the most well-intentioned friends and family members may give advice or make comments that are frustrating during your recovery. These could be comments related to what they believe your limitations are, or how quickly they think you should recover. By working with a rehabilitation team, you will have the emotional support and encouragement you require — from compassionate professionals who have an in-depth understanding of your recovery.

The four benefits above highlight how short-term rehab can add value to your life. Always consult with your doctor or health professional before making any changes to your lifestyle, like starting a new diet or exercise regimen.

For a customized program that is carefully planned to enhance your recovery, turn to the skilled nurses and therapy staff at Concordia Lutheran Ministries. At Concordia, each one of our short-term rehabilitation locations offers a unique set of amenities and services, helping you find the one that is a perfect solution to your health needs. Our caring staff works closely with every patient to ensure a smooth transition back into the home environment. Let us help get your life back on track after an illness or injury - contact us to learn more about our short-term rehabilitation services.


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