“Better in, better out.” That’s the idea behind physical therapy and exercise prior to surgery. There is strong evidence to suggest that performing exercise routines and physical therapy prior to general or orthopedic surgery improves surgical results and speeds recovery. These programs, often called “pre-habilitation,” consist of basic exercises aimed at improving strength and flexibility to prepare muscles and joints for the demands following surgery. In addition, these programs also help educate patients on what to expect following surgery, such as using a walker or cane. With stronger and more flexible muscles and joints, and with education on what to expect, patients are less fearful, more prepared and recover faster.