What is Rehabilitation Protocol?
The use of rehabilitation protocols in physical therapy continues to be best practice. The purpose of a great rehabilitation protocol is to: 1) Clearly define the goals 2) Give necessary precautions 3) Give timelines to gradually apply load to healing tissue. Protocols are designed based on our understanding of the in depth science of the healing process and the application of evidence-based medicine. We have developed and adopted over 175 non-operative, pre-operative, post-operative protocols for shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, foot, ankle, and interval return to sport programs. We update these on a consistent basis when the research guides us to. These protocols are based on decades of research, scientific evidence, experience, and mentorship with world renown physical therapists and surgeons. There are several variations of protocols to account for the various procedures and concomitant surgeries. Our protocols are a vital tool to help guide your rehabilitation treatment approach. Physical therapists should not follow a rehabilitation protocol without thought. That is not “skilled” physical therapy. However, we must appreciate the timelines associated with the protocols and healing tissues. The expert clinician realizes this and combines the guidelines of a solid evidence-based rehabilitation protocol with their vast experience and treatment preferences.