Both come out on equal ground in the end. The only difference is that the patient that is rehabbing three times a day may go through more chronic pain and swelling during the course of the recovery process.
This is the case when someone also is too active around the house too soon, for example, doing household chores plus doing their physical rehabilitation three times a day.
Of course, the exercise frequency and how it affects each patient will differ as well like anything else and it will also depend on the volume and the intensity of the assigned exercises too.
I recommend to my patients to complete a session once in the morning and once in the afternoon no matter what surgical procedure you had done. If exercise is prescribed in the first place, endless exercise sessions or having ” the more is better attitude,” results in poor recovery and unnecessary pain and swelling in the end.
Will most patients make it through their recovery? Yes, but they will have done it the hard way.
And I do not give out badges of courage for those that take my directions on their home exercise program than double the workload then complain to me how much pain they have on my next visit.
No matter whether you are recovering from orthopedic surgery or a weight training session, trying to lose weight, or get stronger, your body needs time to recover properly through rest, proper eating and hydration as well.
This is extremely important after a surgical procedure as your body is working hard to recover and heal itself. Using up all your healing properties due to the ” more is better” syndrome will only slow down your recovery and work against everything you’re trying to do to recover in the first place.