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Senior man doing physical therapy in the water


If you need surgery for a spine condition, your surgeon may suggest you do pre-rehabilitation (prehab).

Prehab is a rehabilitation therapy performed before a scheduled surgery. This therapy builds strength and improves the function of weak muscles.

Prehab is performed by physical and occupational therapists and may include:

  • Aquatic therapy for those who have trouble with land-based exercises
  • Hand and leg strengthening exercises to help with everyday activities
  • Massage for pain in the neck and back
  • Physical therapy for gait training

At Pelham Medical Center, our spine surgeons recommend prehab for all surgical patients.