What does a sprained ankle have in common with heart attack, hip replacement, and stroke? They all reduce a person's ability to function and all require exercise for a full recovery and return to normal life. Despite the power of exercise, many people decide to forego their doctor's instructions and laze about in lieu of getting appropriate exercise.
So what's the big deal about exercise, and what can you expect to be facing after a life-changing accident or event? You're about to find out.
When you're hurting, exercise may be the last thing on your mind. But it may be just what you need to recover after surgery or a frightening event. Without exercise, your body will grow weaker and weaker. As a result, it will become increasingly more difficult to get up and exercise, which will make the recovery process take even longer.
By performing appropriate exercises, you encourage your hurting body to buff up and grow stronger. On top of looking better, working out will also help speed up the healing process and ensure you regain maximum range of motion in your shoulder, knee, hip, or other joint that underwent an operation. Even with exercise, you may never regain the athletic prowess you once had, but if you choose to skip exercise, you may as well kiss your chance at making it into the elite world of professional golf goodbye.
The types of exercises you will be prescribed for rehabilitation depends on the injury or procedure you experienced. For issues affecting a specific joint, you will perform exercises that target the specific area that was injured or operated upon. This means knee-strengthening exercises after knee surgery, arm exercises to rehab an arm issue, and core exercises to help prevent a hurting back from a future injury.
In case you suffer a heart attack, stroke, or other condition that affects your entire body, the exercise you will be recommended will be less specific and more beneficial to your entire body. Walking, jogging, riding a bicycle, swimming, and other aerobic exercises are often prescribed to help people overcome past events and strengthen the body against similar issues in the future.
Regardless of the health issue you're trying to overcome, doing it on your own is a recipe for increased pain and suffering. In the event you've suffered a serious illness or injury, consult your physician for the right exercises to target the damaged area without causing more problems later on.
By coming up with a rehab plan of your own, you risk pushing your body too far too fast or performing an exercise that can actually increase the problem. Instead, talk with your physician and taking his or her advice about how you can best rehabilitate after an injury. Your body will feel better faster and will stay that way.