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Exercise therapy: limbs 

Exercise therapy: limbs
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Exercise therapy: limbs
Author(s):

Bryan English

, Diego Rizzo

, and Stefano Della Villa

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199674107.003.0062
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date: 30 March 2020

Rehabilitation is easy to do badly and difficult to do well. A technically excellent operative procedure can be undermined by poor rehabilitation and an average procedure can be complimented by expert rehabilitation. Rehabilitation may be mainly carried out by one practitioner but the construction, judgement, and case management of the process needs to have input from several different professionals. However, someone needs to take responsibility for the whole process and the most appropriate person within a large medical team would be the physician with training and expertise within this field. There are many ways to rehabilitate a medical problem. This chapter describes the five phases of functional rehabilitation in relation to orthopaedics: decreasing pain and swelling; achieving full range of movement and flexibility; achieving full power and endurance; restoring top levels of proprioception and co-ordination; and restoring sport-specific activities and achieving a safe return to play.

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