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Exercise still as good as surgery for knee patients

In March of 2009, I posted an article about a study that compared physical therapy to knee surgery for osteoarthritis patients, Exercise as good as surgery for knee osteoarthritis. The study, A Randomized Trial of Arthroscopic Surgery for Osteoarthritis of the Knee, was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2008. The researchers found that physical therapy including […]

Elastic resistance proven as good as expensive machines once again!

Quadriceps strength is important both in rehabilitation after knee injury, but also as a risk factor in developing knee osteoarthritis. Knee extension exercises are commonly prescribed to strength the quadriceps in knee patients; these exercises are commonly performed with various types of resistance, including isokinetic, isotonic, and elastic resistance. Thera-Band® elastic resistance has been shown […]

Novel Thera-Band exercise reduces pain and improves function in knee osteoarthritis

Thera-Band® elastic bands have been shown effective at reducing pain and increasing function in patients with knee osteoarthritis. Researchers in Taiwan created a novel exercise program with Thera-Band elastic bands for older adults with knee osteoarthritis. They used 3 progressive colors of Thera-Band resistance (yellow, red, and green) in various combinations to provide an appropriate […]

Thera-Band exercise program can improve lower limb biomechanics in females

Female athletes are particularly susceptible to anterior knee pain and injury to their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This increased risk is thought to result from poor dynamic control of the hip and knee, particularly when the foot hits the ground. The inability to control hip adduction, knee valgus, and internal rotation in the transition from […]

Thera-Band exercise program helps reduce knee pain

Patellofemoral pain syndrome results in chronic anterior knee pain, and is often associated with delayed and reduced activation of the vastus medialis oblique (VMO) muscle. Therapeutic exercise is often prescribed to help improve the strength and onset timing of the VMO. Patellar taping is also used in managing anterior knee pain, and is often worn […]

Elastic resistance training can be effective for treating anterior knee pain

Elastic resistance is often prescribed as part of a rehabilitation program for anterior knee pain (patellofemoral pain syndrome), but its overall efficacy remains unclear. I recently published a systematic review of the topic in the journal, Sports Health. Eight studies using elastic resistance training met the criteria for the review. The exercises typically involved strengthening […]

Home exercise with Thera-Band® tubing reduces knee pain in older Japanese women

It’s been suggested that 25% of people over the age of 25 experience persistent knee pain (Peat et al. 2001); furthermore, it’s estimated that one quarter of adults with mild to moderate knee pain will develop severe or disabling pain within 3 years (Jinks et al. 2008). Several studies have shown that exercises with elastic […]

Thera-Band® exercise program for total knee replacement featured in Lower Extremity Review

Ongoing research at the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University is investigating the effectiveness of Thera-Band® resistance band exercises before surgery for total knee arthroplasty (TKA). “Prehabilitation” consists of pre-operative exercises that are meant to improve strength and functional levels before surgery with the expectation of better rehabilitation and a faster recovery after surgery. The […]

It’s not too late to exercise years after knee arthroscopy

Meniscus tears in the knee are relatively common, particularly in middle-aged athletic individuals. Arthroscopic surgery is often performed to remove damaged cartilage. Surprisingly, some orthopedic surgeons do not prescribe physical therapy after knee arthroscopy, feeling patients can recover on their own with a few simple exercises. Unfortunately, this may lead to long-term deficits in strength, […]

Thera-Band® program helps improve lower extremity strength and biomechanics in female athletes

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears occur in about one in every 3000 Americans; 80% of these injuries are non-contact, often requiring surgical reconstruction. Female athletes have a higher incidence of ACL injury, likely due to biomechanical differences compared to males. Research has focused on exercise programs that help improve these biomechanics in order to prevent […]

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