Features October 2011 Issue

Knee Replacement Ahead? ‘Prehab’ Puts You in Shape for Quick Recovery

Shorter hospital stays and fewer referrals to rehab mean you need to become independent as soon as possible after surgery.

A comprehensive “prehabilitation” exercise program for patients with severe knee arthritis can improve strength and functional ability before knee replacement surgery, according to a study published earlier this year in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. The study included 71 patients scheduled for knee replacement surgery because of severe osteoarthritis. One group was randomly assigned to a prehabilitation program, consisting of light resistance training, flexibility and step exercise, and light walking.

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