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Knee Arthroplasty: Increasing Range of Motion

presented by John O'Halloran

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With an increasing demand for knee replacement procedures, clinicians require up-to-date information on surgical and rehabilitation techniques. Starting with an overview of the history of knee arthroplasty, this course compares minimally invasive and traditional knee arthroplasty methods such as mobile-bearing versus fixed-bearing surfaces. Dr. John O’Halloran describes the phases of postoperative rehabilitation and range of motion methods, including continuous passive motion and neuromuscular electrical stimulation, using numerous patient demonstration videos. The course finishes with an in-depth discussion of recommendations for return to activity following knee arthroplasty. This is the third course in a four course series. Please be sure to also watch:

Current Concepts in Joint Replacement
Shoulder Arthroplasty: Return to Function
Hip Arthroplasty: Improving Gait

Meet Your Instructor

John O'Halloran, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS, Cert. MDT

Dr. John W. O’Halloran, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC (retired), CSCS (retired), cert MDT, is an American Physical Therapy Association board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist with over 30 years of experience in the field of orthopaedics. He earned his post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy from Temple University and has studied orthopaedic and sports therapy abroad in Australia…

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1. Introduction to the Knee

Nearly 500,000 people in the US annually need a knee arthroplasty. Through a demonstration with a postoperative total knee arthroplasty patient, Dr. O’Halloran shares common manual therapies for knee rehabilitation.

2. Surgical Procedures

In this chapter, Dr. O’Halloran provides an overview of the history of knee arthroplasty and examines different surgical techniques, such as minimally invasive versus traditional arthroplasty and mobile-bearing versus fixed-bearing. Other techniques, including unicompartmental surgery and computer-assisted surgery, are reviewed.

3. Functional Balance and Range of Motion

Restoring functional balance and range of motion following knee arthroplasty is critical for successful patient rehabilitation. Using multiple patient videos, Dr. O’Halloran outlines the phases of postoperative rehabilitation, how to implement range of motion rehab techniques, and when to utilize continuous passive movement and neuromuscular electrical stimulation.

4. Rehabilitation Recommendations

Dr. O’Halloran describes the return to function process after knee arthroplasty, including appropriate activities and when to partake in them.

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