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J Orthop. 2014 May 13;11(2):72-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jor.2014.04.009. eCollection 2014 Jun.

New approach for the rehabilitation of patients following total knee arthroplasty.

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1
AposTherapy Research Group, Herzliya 46733, Israel.
2
Biorobotics and Biomechanics Lab, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa 32000, Israel.
3
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Zerifin 70300, Israel.
4
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rabin Medical Center, Petah Tikva 49100, Israel.
5
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Soroka Medical Center, Beer Sheva 84101, Israel.
6
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Sourasky Medical Center, Tel-Aviv 64239, Israel.
7
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Barzilay Medical Center, Ashkelon 78306, Israel.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To investigate the effect of a biomechanical therapy on gait, function and clinical condition in patients following total knee arthroplasty (TKA).

METHODS:

Seventeen TKA patients participated in the study. Patients received a biomechanical therapy AposTherapy). Patients underwent a gait test, clinical examination and an assessment of pain, function and quality of life (QOL). Patients were examined again at one, three and six month follow-ups.

RESULTS:

A significant improvement over time was found in most gait measurements. Significant improvements were also found in pain, function and QOL.

CONCLUSIONS:

The examined biomechanical therapy may help in the rehabilitation process following TKA.

KEYWORDS:

Arthroplasty; Gait; Knee; Rehabilitation

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