Don’t Underestimate Pre Knee/Hip Surgery Exercises

All those that undergo knee  or hip replacement surgery need to get into an exercise program following surgery. However it is equally important  to have an exercise program prior to these surgeries as well so as to strengthen the muscles around the joint. This will both enhance the recovery and properly support the new joint. How much exercise to do is an individual choice and will depend on a number of factors. If the exercise causes pain it would be better to curtail it. It is preferable to exercise once or twice a day every day before surgery and to do five repetitions of each exercise and then gradually increase them until the actual date of surgery. Doing the exercises in bed lying down is excellent. Your doctor or physical therapist can prescribe specific exercises for your condition.

An excellent plan would be to use the LEGTUTOR  as a physical therapy product as it has a reputation for ease and comfort. The LEGTUTOR consists of a safe and comfortable leg brace with position and speed sensors that precisely record 3 dimensional hip and knee movements. The LEGTUTOR has a range of motion limiter that can limit the dynamic range of knee extension and flexion. Rehabilitation games allow the patient to exercise Range of Motion (ROM), speed and accuracy of movement. The LEGTUTOR facilitates evaluation and treatment of the lower extremity including isolated and combined hip and knee movements. The LEGTUTOR together with its sister devices  (HANDTUTOR, ARMTUTOR and 3DTUTOR) are currently used successfully in leading U.S. and European hospitals for a variety of disabilities including stroke, CP, MS Brain and Spinal cord injury and others affecting the upper or lower limbs. The TUTOR sytem is available for children as well as adults and are fully certified by the FDA and CE. The TUTORs can also be used at home through telerehabilitation. See WWW.MEDITOUCH.CO.IL for more information.

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