MedXPROS….total knee and hip replacements will become a large component of MET services over the next 20 years. The number of total knee replacements performed is estimated at 720,000 per year. TKR clients, if there are no major post-operative complications, will go through a brief bout of physical therapy. After which they are prime candidates for medical exercise training (MET) to increase strength, maintain or improve ROM/flexibility, enhance joint stability, and overall restore function. Every total joint replacement client needs MET in some form or fashion.
This video summarizes status of the client regarding swelling, ROM/flexibility and exercise programming. Three areas must be simultaneously addressed in the acute stages following TKR: 1) swelling/pain; 2) ROM/flexibility and 3) muscle recruitment/strength. In the acute stages these 3 are best handled in a physical therapy setting after discharge from the hospital. After these are addressed and the client is stable, then he or she is discharged and referred to medical exercise training.
This role and function of the MedXPRO will become greater as the current number of TKRs is roughly 720,000/year and growing. This is a great area for MET practice growth and development. Please subscribe below to make sure you get the 4th and final video.