The purpose of rehabilitation is to return people to their maximum functional status following a sudden illness, injury, or the furthering of a disease process.
Initially the aim is to decrease inflammation and pain, promote tissue healing and retard muscle atrophy. During the acute stage of your injury the RICE principle is used:
Rest – Ice – Compress and Elevate
After the acute stage the plan is to improve flexibility, increase strength and endurance, and increase functional activities.
This will involve a program of gentle stretching and strengthening exercises. When your symptoms are resolved and you have regained a full range of motion and strength, your practitioner will recommend a maintenance program to reduce the likelihood of recurrence.