Even if you’ve already completed our Bridge or Step Down program, that doesn’t necessarily mean the exercises you learned in physical therapy should come to an end. Many times, when patients return to us several years after their initial discharge with similar physical issues, it’s often because they failed to maintain a regular home exercise program. If performed consistently, home exercises will become part of your daily routine, won’t feel like work at all, and will make you feel much better in the long run.
Before sending you on your way, our physical therapists will give you home exercises to practice on your own time, to make sure your muscles are staying loose. These exercises will be tailored to you, designed to help with your specific injury, and target the sport or daily activities of your choice.
Whether you’re following your physical therapist’s program or practicing your own workout regimen, it’s important to take it slow and increase the difficulty gradually. Take your body’s cues. If you’re feeling any pain or discomfort, decrease the weight, step off the treadmill, or take a break, to minimize your risk of injury. Many patients who are discharged with medical conditions become re-hospitalized within the first year after discharge, and that’s largely due to those patients not following a dedicated home exercise regimen. Follow the plan laid out by your physical therapist, and stay active whenever possible.
Nutrition is also extremely important in the post-discharge stage, especially when it comes to preventing reinjury. Keep your body fueled with healthy foods, and always make sure that you’re hydrating with plenty of water.