What is Functional Rehabilitation?

Functional rehabilitation is an extension of the traditional elements of physical therapy, the purpose of which is to return the patient to complex movement patterns. As well as the traditional elements of physical therapy such as strength and flexibility, the functional rehabilitation program incorporates agility and proprioceptive/kinesthetic training, which enable the patient to participate at pre-injury levels of activity while reducing the risk of recurrent injury. The functional rehabilitation program is designed to progress the patient from simple activities, such as walking or jogging, to highly complex sport-specific or work-specific activities that require refined levels of proprioceptive acuity. The final phase of the functional rehabilitation program is determining when the patient is ready to resume participation in their respective sport or job.

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