Post operative management of these injuries has consisted for many of rest, gradual resumption of activity, and perhaps home exercise instructions. Some are fortunate enough to receive outpatient physical therapy, but it is often delayed by 3-6 weeks post surgery. According to a recent review of research on this subject, optimal rehabilitation to maximize recovery of knee function and range of motion should consist of a referral to outpatient physical therapy that includes an individualized home exercise program to be followed between therapy sessions. The therapy sessions should be performed 3 times weekly and start as soon as possible (Dias, et al., 2013).
1. Outpatient Physical Therapy
2. A well planned home exercise program
3. Outpatient Physical Therapy should be done 3 times weekly
4. Treatment should start as soon as possible
We have documented outcomes on 42 patients who were treated following arthroscopic knee surgery. The average score on the LEFS for patients these patients was 34/80 initially. After treatment, the average score rose to 60/80. This is a significant change of 26 points. The average number of visits for this group of patients was 12 over a 5 week period.
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