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Pilot study of methods to document quantity and variation of independent patient exercise and activity after total knee arthroplasty
Women’s Health Research Faculty Publications
  • Patricia D. Franklin, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Joseph McLaughlin, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Catherine B. Boisvert, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Wenjun Li, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • David C. Ayers, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation; Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine; Senior Scholars Program
Date
9-1-2006
Document Type
Article
Subjects
Aged; Arthroplasty, Replacement, Knee; Documentation; Exercise Therapy; Female; Humans; Male; Monitoring, Ambulatory; Motor Activity; *Patient Compliance; Pilot Projects; *Recovery of Function; Self Disclosure; Treatment Outcome; Walking
Abstract
Variation in patients' independent exercise and activity after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) surgery may contribute to variable functional gains but have never been quantified. We pilot tested daily exercise logs and step activity monitors to quantify exercise and general home activity post-TKA. Patients successfully maintained logs and wore activity monitors. Logs documented significant variation in quantity of daily exercises. Women with poor emotional health recorded fewer repetitions and greater variation. More daily exercise repetitions correlated with larger 6-month functional improvement. Activity peaks on step monitors correlated with logged exercise sessions. However, most step activity was in addition to exercise sessions. Further research is needed to validate these findings and to clarify the relationship among post-TKA exercise, activity, and functional gain.
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Citation: J Arthroplasty. 2006 Sep;21(6 Suppl 2):157-63. Link to article on publisher’s site
Comments

Medical student Joseph McLaughlin participated in this study as part of the Senior Scholars research program.

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Link to article in PubMed
PubMed ID
16950079
Citation Information
Patricia D. Franklin, Joseph McLaughlin, Catherine B. Boisvert, Wenjun Li, et al.. "Pilot study of methods to document quantity and variation of independent patient exercise and activity after total knee arthroplasty" Vol. 21 Iss. 6 Suppl 2 (2006) ISSN: 0883-5403 (Print)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/wenjun_li/94/