The Rehab Program for Return to Sport

If you are keen to return to sport or want to maximise your recovery and take this as an opportunity to improve your strength and condition after surgery then we would encourage you to work with a physiotherapist after surgery.

Your Rehab program should be criteria driven.

This means that you only progress through the phases of exercises if there is no pain reaction to the previous work or morning stiffness the next day. This process typically takes 3 weeks.  Hernias are sometimes accompanied by other issues which require attention and this may well slow the process of recovery.

  • Immediately post-op – Unload structures to allow good initial healing
  • Reduce pain and inflammation
  • Return to the normal range of movement
  • Increase muscle strength, power and endurance
  • Progress proprioception
  • Mainly gym/home rehab exercise.
  • Linear movements
  • Return to normal function for work and sport
  • Must be pain-free through all ranges of motion
  • Gym/ Pool/ Field based rehab
  • Linear and agility work
  • Sports Specific
  • Return to full training/sport/work
  • Must have completed without reaction all activities required of them for their sport/work
  • Physio Partners with Rob Hicks and the Hernia clinic
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