Recovery Process Parts


The Recovery Process

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  • Physical Therapy

    Pain Relief

    Reducing pain, swelling, and inflammation are common goals in this phase of recovery. Injury protection, elevation, appropriate medications, compression, and patient education are important.

  • Physical Therapy

    Introduce Movement

    Pain-free passive, manual therapy, active range of motion, and cardiorespiratory exercises, are indicated here. Education about pain and a positive attitude may help.

  • Physical Therapy


    Progressive loading of healing soft tissues, the reintroduction of low-stress neuromuscular reeducation, balance training, and basic functional activities are part of this rehabilitation phase.

  • Physical Therapy

    Functional Retraining

    Progressing strengthening exercises, improving flexibility, and advanced balance exercises are part of phase 4. Resuming functional movement (e.g. sports movements) occurs in this phase.

  • Physical Therapy

    Recovery & Prevention

    Functional movements progress with a controlled re-introduction to a challenging environment. Strengthening, flexibility, balance, endurance, and goal-specific training continues. Future injury prevention is taught.

  • Pain Relief
  • Introduce Movement
  • Strengthening
  • Functional Retraining
  • Recovery & Prevention