Six-Week Rehabilitation Program for a Remarkable Sports Hernia Surgery Recovery (Part 2)
In our last post, we covered your rehabilitation program for weeks one through three. Today, we conclude this article with weeks four through six.
Week 4: Mix in functional rehabilitation activities
- Do mobility work, both active and passive
- Do stability work
- Add hydrotherapy
- Do cardiovascular exercises
- Swimming is okay
- Cycling is okay
- Initiate a running program, progressing from aerobic to anaerobic over the next 3 weeks
- Do submaximal to maximal isometric hip work (isokinetics if available) using bias towards presurgical isokinetic test results as guide
- Begin active concentric work once 25% or lower deficit between limbs
- Additional functional rehabilitation activities can include those unique or complementary to your sport. Again, if you’re unsure, check with your doctor or therapist.
Week 5: Re‐educate your muscles
- Return to active assisted work to re‐educate concentric/eccentric functional pattern
- Progress your week 4 functional rehabilitation work
- Begin early sport/occupation‐specific rehabilitation phase (for runners this could involve running forwards, backwards, cutting and sprinting)
Week 6: Return to play and work according to your functional ability
- Add a concentric and eccentric lower limb muscle workout
- Continue with manual, Cliniband and isokinetics
- Do general weights work with abdominal belt and lumbar support
- Soccer players enter full soccer‐specific rehabilitation
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