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Physiotherapy after total knee and hip arthroplasties (completed)

This project examines physical functioning before surgery and at different times throughout the first year after undergoing total knee and hip arthroplasties.

In this project the effectiveness of an individualized walking skill group program was tested out.

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Objectives

  1. Examine the course of recovery after total knee and hip arthroplasty
  2. Examine the short and long term effects of an individualized walking skill program for these patients

Background

Among people above 50 years of age osteoarthritis of the knee or hip is frequent. Osteoarthritis may cause considerable pain and problems with ambulation. Total arthroplasty is the treatment option when other therapies no longer have effect. Postoperatively the patients experience considerable pain relief, but exercise is needed to improve physical functioning. The literature indicates that patients do not recover to normal physical functioning, raising questions about the appropriateness of the exercise programs. In this project the effectiveness of an individualized walking skill group program was tested out.

Financing

  • Extra funds from the Norwegian Foundation for Health and Rehabilitation, through the Norwegian Women’s Public Health Association.
  • South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority.

Cooperation

  • Martina Hansen’s Hospital
  • Baerum Hospital, Vestre Viken Hospital Trust

Start - Finish

January 2008 –December 2011.

Publications

Heiberg, Kristi E.; Bruun-Olsen, Vigdis; Mengshoel, Anne Marit.
PAIN AND RECOVERY OF PHYSICAL FUNCTIONING NINE MONTHS AFTER TOTAL KNEE ARTHROPLASTY. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 2010 ;Volum 42.(7) s. 614-619
UiO

Bruun-Olsen, Vigdis; Heiberg, Kristi E.; Mengshoel, Anne Marit.
Continuous passive motion as an adjunct to active exercises in early rehabilitation following total knee arthroplasty-a randomized controlled trial. Disability and Rehabilitation 2009 ;Volum 31.(4) s. 277-283
UiO

Published Mar. 30, 2011 6:25 PM - Last modified Feb. 2, 2016 11:13 AM

Contact

Project leader:

Anne Marit Mengshoel

PhD student for the knee project:

Vigdis Bruun-Olsen

PhD student for the hip project:

Kristi Elisabeth Heiberg