Post-surgery rehab is key to health—Dr. Gerd Mueller, MD
The goal of rehabilitation medicine is to improve the overall function of people with (physical) limitations or diseases. For example, in orthopaedic rehabilitation, it helps people with osteoarthritis of the knee to improve their mobility and their walking distance. In many cases, this can prevent or postpone a surgical procedure, like an arthroscopy or a joint replacement.
In back or neck pain patients, it will not only make them use their back and neck better but is also very likely the safest and most effective way to relieve recurrent or chronic pain.
Dr. Gerd Mueller (L) with Dr. Rana Chengappa
In sports medicine, it not only helps the sportspersons to recover but also plays an important role in their sports-specific performance enhancement. After a surgery, rehabilitation helps the patients to regain their functional abilities. A total knee replacement by itself does not make people walk longer, it is the post-surgical rehab process that does so.
In neurology, it improves the gait, helps in regaining strength and coordination to improve the quality of life of the patient, for example after a stroke, in Parkinson’s disease and in many other neurological disorders.
In India, rehabilitation medicine is very underdeveloped; there is a strong mismatch between the number of surgeons and the quality of surgery on one side and the lack of treatment before and after surgery on the other side. There is another mismatch in the non-surgical treatment, where the passive treatment elements are overused. This is true for both–doctors (pain medication, injections or surgeries) and physiotherapists (IFD, ultrasound etc.).
A more active approach is much more effective, as we perform it at AktivOrtho™ according to western standards.