Telerehabilitation Beneficial for Knee Surgery Patients

Knee-replacement patients who undergo an Internet-based postoperative rehabilitation program experience similar — and sometimes better — outcomes than those who undergo traditional rehabilitation, according to a study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Health Leaders Media reports. For the study, 65 patients who underwent total knee anthroplasty received six weeks of either Internet-based telerehabilitation or traditional outpatient rehabilitation services. The telerehabilitation group participated in therapy sessions in a hospital room designed to replicate a typical home environment. A remote therapist provided guidance for the sessions, which involved self-applied therapy techniques and education on postoperative management of the affected knee. Study Findings After six weeks, researchers found that patients in the telerehabilitation group had: Achieved better outcomes for reducing joint stiffness than patients undergoing conventional rehabilitation; Completed an average of 2.2 exercise sessions daily, compared with an average of 1.7 exercise sessions daily among those in the control group. Reported higher levels of satisfaction with their rehabilitation program than those in the control group; and Showed significant improvement in specific functional areas designed to mimic daily activities.


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