Post Knee Replacement Expectations Too High Unless…


Not much is known about the expectations of post knee replacement patients as to their sports, yoga or gardening achievements post surgery. A survey of 83 people was conducted pre surgery and then again one year later. The average time patients spent pre surgery  on activities such as yard work, strength training and walking was about 2 hours per week. They hoped to increase that to 23 hours but in effect they only achieved 11 hours according to the Journal of Arthroplasty. Apparently the reason for this is because surgeons don’t normally discuss this aspect with the patient before hand. Patients are more eager to know whether they will have to use a walker, cane, golf or cycle post surgery. Patients don’t really know what to expect. They just want relief from the pain and want to be able to return to a full normal life. More education is being prepared to inform patients what to expect realistically both for day-to-day activities like bathing and grocery shopping and for exercise..
Doctors suggest that if  patients want more than is expected  they can be referred  to rehabilitation or community-based exercise programs.
Post knee replacement surgery physical therapy has been enhanced through the use of the TUTOR devices. The recently developed physical rehabilitation products consisting of the HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR, LEGTUTOR and 3DTUTOR have been designed to afford the type of intensive exercises needed by patients who have had knee replacement surgery.
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 being developed in the rehabilitation software for this outcome. The TUTOR system rehabilitation concept 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 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 patients 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.
 The LEGTUTOR system is used by many leading rehabilitation centers worldwide for both neurological and orthopedic patients including adults and children. The TUTOR system holds FDA and CE certification. See  WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for more information.

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