By: 16 December 2016
Exercise programs may not provide additional benefits to usual physical therapy following total knee replacement

In a randomised trial of patients who underwent total knee replacement as a treatment for osteoarthritis, a group program of strengthening and aerobic exercise program was not better at alleviating long-term knee pain or overcoming activity limitations compared with usual care, which included physical therapy.

Although most patients experienced less knee pain and improved physical function after undergoing total knee replacement, marked deficits in physical performance measures remained 12 months later.

The findings are published in Arthritis Care & Research.

Article: Post-acute rehabilitation after total knee replacement: A multicentre randomized clinical trial comparing long-term outcomes, Marlene Fransen PhD, Lillias Nairn MPH;, Lisa Bridgett PhD;, Jack Crosbie PhD, Lyn March PhD; MBBS, David Parker MBBS, Ross Crawford PhD, MBBS and Alison R. Harmer PhD, Arthritis Care & Research, doi: 10.1002/acr.23117, published online 21 November 2016.

Source: Medical News Today