Reconditioning

Reconditioning Following Physical Therapy

What Is a Reconditioning Program?

A reconditioning program safely gets patients back in the game, back to work, and back to normal activities following an injury, surgery, or debilitating illness. Reconditioning takes place after physical therapy in order to make sure a patient is completely ready to re-engage in more advanced activities, such as the physical stress of athletics.

There are five primary methods of reconditioning:

  • Strength: These exercises primarily focus on weight training
  • Plyometric: Performing activities that include jumping and landing properly
  • Agility: Improving the ability to move quickly and change direction with ease
  • Speed: Exercises that improve speed while also focusing on technique
  • Metabolic capacity: Improving endurance

Reconditioning activities require an individual to have full range of motion, basic strength and motor control, and no pain or swelling – all of which should have been accomplished through traditional physical therapy. Reconditioning is not limited to athletes – any individual who would benefit from progressive strength training and conditioning in order to return to a hobby or job can participate.

Reconditioning following physical therapy at a glance:

  • Reconditioning is a strength and fitness program that bridges the gap between traditional physical therapy and a patient’s safe return to full sporting, work and normal activities.
  • Reconditioning is a group program with individualized, sport- and activity-specific elements.
  • A physical therapist and a strength coach supervise the reconditioning program.
  • A typical reconditioning progression can last anywhere from 2 weeks to 5 months, depending on the requirements of returning to full activity.

What to Expect

A reconditioning program group may include a variety of patients who have different goals regarding the activities they want to return to with confidence. For example, a group can include a 14-year-old soccer player following ACL surgery, a 50-year-old golfer who is 16 weeks out of a rotator cuff repair, a 20-year-old who has been deconditioned following a bout of bronchitis, and a 40-year-old firefighter who has a history of chronic ankle sprains.

Reconditioning at a glance:

  • Reconditioning is a strength and fitness program that bridges the gap between traditional physical therapy and a patient’s safe return to full sporting, work, and normal activities.
  • Reconditioning is a group program with individualized, sport- and activity-specific elements.
  • A physical therapist and a strength coach supervise the reconditioning program.
  • A typical reconditioning progression can last anywhere from 2 weeks to 5 months, depending on the requirements of returning to full activity.

Muir Orthopaedic Specialists (MOS) offers reconditioning at our Redwood Building facilities in Walnut Creek. This facility was designed specifically for group training, sports medicine, and physical therapy. Reconditioning patients typically train twice a week for one hour. A typical reconditioning progression can last anywhere from two weeks to five months, depending on the requirements of returning to full activity.