Exercise may not provide benefit over physical therapy after knee replacement

In a randomized trial of patients who underwent total knee replacement as a treatment for osteoarthritis, a group program of strengthening and aerobic exercises 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 , marked deficits in physical performance measures remained 12 months later.

The findings are published in Arthritis Care & Research.


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More information: Marlene Fransen et al, Post-acute rehabilitation after total knee replacement: A multicentre randomized clinical trial comparing long-term outcomes, Arthritis Care & Research (2016). DOI: 10.1002/acr.23117
Journal information: Arthritis Care & Research

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