THE JOURNAL OF BONE AND JOINT SURGERY (JB&JS)
Internet-Based Outpatient Telerehabilitation for Patients Following Total Knee Arthroplasty
By Trevor G. Russell, PhD, Peter Buttrum, BPhty, Grad Cert (Health Management), Richard Wootton, DSc, PhD, and Gwendolen A. Jull, PhD
Background: Total knee arthroplasty is an effective means for relieving the symptoms associated with degenerative arthritis of the knee. Rehabilitation is a necessary adjunct to surgery and is important in regaining optimum function. Access to high-quality rehabilitation services is not always possible, especially for those who live in rural or remote areas. The aim of this study was to evaluate the equivalence of an Internet-based telerehabilitation program compared with conventional outpatient physical therapy for patients who have had a total knee arthroplasty.
Conclusions: The outcomes achieved via telerehabilitation at six weeks following total knee arthroplasty were comparable with those after conventional rehabilitation.