Prehab = Preventive Rehabilitation | The Prehab Guys
November 5, 2016



[P]rehab, short for preventive rehabilitation, is the integration and application of the principles used in rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, and sports performance programs, prior to injury. [P]rehab is a proactive approach to optimize your movement system’s ability to perform at it’s highest capacity for a lifetime. As defined by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), “The human movement system comprises the anatomic structures and physiologic functions that interact to move the body or its component parts.” The movement system is the centerpiece of the mind and body archetype.


[P]rehab is relatively a new concept that has gained interest in recent years as an initiative to improve healthcare by taking a preventative approach to health. As physical therapists, we want to keep you moving and doing the things you love to do. The way we move is engrained by our genes, our anatomy, and our lifestyles. Our bodies adapt to our everyday lives – the sports we play, the ways we sit/stand, the way we train – and these particular movement patterns may lead to imbalances which can lead to injuries if left unchecked. [P]rehab is a way to  learn and identify your body’s weaknesses, and target those weak links to improve your movement system’s capacity. [P]rehab is a way to decrease your risk of injury by impacting the factors you can influence. Join us so that we can help you move better, function better, and prevent aches and pains from turning into something chronic and debilitating.

Quotes from published research regarding [P]Rehab:

“I use the analogy that people wouldn’t run a marathon without training for it,” says Tony Brosky, PT, DHS, SCS. “What we’ve learned in the past 20 years is that when surgery is imminent, there are things PTs can do to ensure the best possible patient outcomes. We can work to optimize range of motion, strength, and function, so the patient is in front of the starting line when he or she undergoes surgery and has a head start afterward.” – Rob Worth, PT, DPT, MS, ATC/L, OCS.

“Patients initially are skeptical about it, but then they’re amazed by the speed of their recovery compared with that of people they know who didn’t get prehab before the same surgery. That’s when they recognize what a huge difference it made.” – Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP of Performance Physical Therapy.

“The use of preoperative physical therapy was associated with a 29% decrease in the use of any post-acute care services.” This translated, after adjusting for demographic variabilities and comorbidities, into cost reductions of $1,215″ – The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery

“Meaningful changes in postoperative functional exercise capacity can be achieved with a prehabilitation program.” – The Journal of Anesthesiology