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Prehabilitation exercise before total knee replacement improves quality of life

Pre-habilitation before hip or knee replacement surgery (also known as “arthroplasty”) has been recommended in an effort to improve post-operative recovery. “Prehab” typically includes an exercise program aimed at improving physical function through strength, flexibility, and balance exercises. Studies have shown that prehab exercises with Thera-Band® products can improve function in knee osteoarthritis patients (Swank […]

Prehabilitation exercise for total knee replacement helps patients with severe end-stage arthritis

“Prehabilitation” refers to exercise performed before surgery that helps reduce functional decline after surgery. The theory is that a higher level of function pre-operatively will provide a higher level of function post-operatively, thus shortening the rehabilitation process. Prehabilitation exercise has been shown effective at preventing functional decline in frail elderly individuals (Gill et al. 2002). […]

Case Study: Thera-Band® prehabilitation for total knee replacement effective

Thera-Band® exercises for knee osteoarthritis using have been shown in several studies to reduce pain and increase strength and function (Thomas et al. 2002, Topp et al. 2002). Dr. Robert Topp and his colleagues at the University of Louisville have been investigating the role of exercise in knee arthritis patients for several years. Most recently, […]

More evidence that “prehab” works for total knee replacements

Total knee replacement is becoming more common for treating advanced knee osteoarthritis. Dr. Robert Topp and his colleagues at the University of Louisville continue to research the effects of “prehabilitation” by providing exercises before total knee replacement surgery. He presented his current results at the 2010 Thera-Band Research Advisory Committee (TRAC) meeting. “Pre-operative exercises for […]

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 […]

“Prehabilitation” with Thera-Band® helps total knee replacement patients recover better

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is common in older adults, affecting about 4.3 million in the United States. Knee OA sometimes leads to joint replacement surgery in advanced stages of the disease – nearly a half-million total knee replacements are performed annually in the US. Researchers at the University of Louisville wanted to evaluate the efficacy of […]

Improve function before knee replacement surgery through prehab exercise

Knee osteoarthritis affects about 4.3 million people in the United States, and nearly 400,000 knee replacements are performed each year. It’s been suggested that exercises performed before surgery help improve a patient’s recovery after surgery; this is known as “prehab,” or pre-surgical rehabilitation exercise. Researchers at the University of Louisville recently determined that prehab is effective […]