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Prescriptive Exercise

What Is Prescriptive Exercise?

Typically, a Physical Therapist will group standard exercises based on the general type of problem that the patient has. It is easier to develop several exercise protocols, and to reuse them regularly, than to develop a new custom exercise plan for each new patient. For example, a protocol for a particular knee surgery will include standard exercises and stretches, whether the patient needs them or not. Prescriptive exercise is the process of the Physical Therapist selecting and prescribing exercises purely on the basis of need of an individual patient.

What are the Benefits of Prescriptive Exercise?

A patient can recover quicker, and more thoroughly if the Physical Therapist takes the time to develop an individualized exercise program. This process greatly increases the specificity of the prescribed exercise to stretch, strengthen and coordinate those areas that need it, and not to do what is not necessary.

What is the Downside of Prescriptive Exercise?

The responsibility of the entire staff to select from hundreds of exercises, and to make sure that each patient’s exercise program is appropriate for them is a huge task. Organization is a very human process that occasionally is less than perfect, but the benefits motivate our team to communicate and take on the additional responsibility of a prescriptive exercise program versus the more typical ‘canned’ exercise program.

Prescriptive Exercise

What Is Prescriptive Exercise?

Typically, a Physical Therapist will group standard exercises based on the general type of problem that the patient has. It is easier to develop several exercise protocols, and to reuse them regularly, than to develop a new custom exercise plan for each new patient. For example, a protocol for a particular knee surgery will include standard exercises and stretches, whether the patient needs them or not. Prescriptive exercise is the process of the Physical Therapist selecting and prescribing exercises purely on the basis of need of an individual patient.

What are the Benefits of Prescriptive Exercise?

A patient can recover quicker, and more thoroughly if the Physical Therapist takes the time to develop an individualized exercise program. This process greatly increases the specificity of the prescribed exercise to stretch, strengthen and coordinate those areas that need it, and not to do what is not necessary.

What is the Downside of Prescriptive Exercise?

The responsibility of the entire staff to select from hundreds of exercises, and to make sure that each patient’s exercise program is appropriate for them is a huge task. Organization is a very human process that occasionally is less than perfect, but the benefits motivate our team to communicate and take on the additional responsibility of a prescriptive exercise program versus the more typical ‘canned’ exercise program.