Post Knee Replacement Physical Therapy–A “Piece of Cake”?
There are probably more articles about knee replacement than about any other medical procedure. One can read about expert advice and situations on a daily basis. And why not? There are approximately 600,000 knee replacements annually just in the U.S. alone. What is crucial, though, is the aftercare. If the surgery is to be successful the follow up therapy and advice needs to be adhered to. At first walkers and crutches are used, sitting in a chair for up to half an hour and then isometric exercises. All this before physical therapy even begins at home or elsewhere. One of the most important exercises will be to push the knee down in extension.
When the therapy begins one of the best physical therapy solutions that can be helpful is the LEGTUTOR.
The LEGTUTOR has shown remarkable success in post knee replacement surgery. The LEGTUTOR™ system has been developed to allow for functional rehabilitation of the lower extremity. Together with the 3DTUTOR the LEGTUTOR can be used to increase the patient’s proprioception performance with dedicated games developed in the rehabilitation software for this outcome. The TUTOR system rehabilitation concept, which includes the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR and 3DTUTOR, is based on performing controlled exercise rehabilitation practice at a patient customized level including balance and proprioception training. This is achieved with real time accurate feedback on the patient’s performance. The exercises are designed in the form of challenging rehabilitation games that are suitable for a wide variety of neurological and orthopedic injury and disease. The games challenge the patient to perform the exercise task to their best ability and to continue exercise practice. Exercise practice is the most important manual therapy tool in the armory of physical and occupational therapists to ensure optimal rehabilitation.
The LEGTUTOR™ is a physical therapy product that allows for isolated and a combination of knee and three directional hip treatment. The system provides detailed exercise performance instructions and precise feedback on the patient’s exercise performance. Controlled exercise of multi joints within the normal movement pattern prevents the development of undesired and compensatory joint movement and ensures better performance of functional tasks.