2. Altered Gait in the Total Hip and Knee Patient
Today’s health care system has a goal to increase the number of total joint arthroplasties to be performed as outpatient procedures and discourage traditional therapy following the surgery. Clinicians, therefore, must know what’s “inside the box” before they think outside the box and understand the proper motor control sequence required to establish a faster, more normal gait as soon as possible. By using strategies taught in this chapter, the clinician will be able to expedite the rehab process and meet the patient’s number one goal: to walk more normally as soon as possible.