But other issues come in to play, too, Russell says: The question of whether certain conditions and patients are more amenable to telerehabilitation intervention than traditional therapy is an ongoing topic of research at the Telerehabilitation Research Unit at the University of Queensland.
“Obviously not every patient and condition type will be able to be addressed remotely. However, this study provides evidence that traditional service delivery methods can be modified and adapted to the Internet environment and produce sound clinical outcomes,” Russell explains to HealthLeaders Media. “Through the application of patient- and condition-specific exercise, self-administered manual therapy techniques under the video guidance of a therapist, self-management strategies and comprehensive education, we are confident that a large number of patients could be managed remotely through the use of this technology.”
Rehab following total knee arthroplasty is essential for regaining optimum function of the knee. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, about 581,000 TKAs are performed each year in the United States, and experts say that number is expected to grow significantly as the population ages.