Archive for May, 2008

Preop exercise reduces need for postop inpatient rehabilitation for arthroplasty patients

The effects of preoperative exercise on the rehabilitation of patients undergoing hip and knee replacement is the subject of a study published in the current issue of Arthritis Care & Research. In the study, 108 patients were divided into two groups-54 participated in a thrice-weekly exercise program for six weeks prior to surgery, while the rest were given educational materials. The patients from the exercise group were found to have reduced their odds of release to an inpatient rehabilitation facility by 73 percent, and were more likely to be able to walk 50 feet at the time of hospital discharge. These results were noted even though the strength-building portion of the exercise program was well below the duration usually recommended to bring about significant strength gains.