The Journal of Arthroplasty Vol. 23 No. 8 2008  Does a Standard Outpatient Physiotherapy Regime  Improve the Range of Knee...
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  1. 1. The Journal of Arthroplasty Vol. 23 No. 8 2008 Does a Standard Outpatient Physiotherapy Regime Improve the Range of Knee Motion After Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty?Brian James Mockford, MPhil, FRCS (Orth), Neville W. Thompson, MPhil, FRCS (Orth), Patricia Humphreys, BSc (Hons), and David E. Beverland, MD Abstract: The aim of this study was to investigate whether a standard course of outpatient physiotherapy improves the range of knee motion after primary total knee arthroplasty. One hundred and fifty patients were randomly assigned into one of 2 groups. One group received outpatient physiotherapy for 6 weeks (group A). Another received no outpatient physiotherapy (group B). Range of knee motion was measured preoperatively and at 1-year review. Validated knee scores and an SF-12 health questionnaire were also recorded. Although patients in group A achieved a greater range of knee motion than those in group B, this was not statistically significant. No difference either was noted in any of the outcome measures used. In conclusion, outpatient physiotherapy does not improve the range of knee motion after primary total knee arthroplasty. Key words: total knee arthroplasty, physiotherapy. © 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.In recent years, increasingly better functional results nique, and rehabilitation have been studied toand greater patient satisfaction are being noted in determine their influence on postoperative kneepatients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA). flexion. Many are retrospective and include dataRange of motion remains a rather unpredictable from a number of different surgeons, surgicalentity with postoperative range of motion not techniques, and prostheses [7].always meeting patient demands. After the prime Most clinical studies have a final range of motiongoal of reducing pain, range of motion is probably that averages between 100° and 110° of flexionseen as the next most important outcome measure which is adequate for most activities of daily livingafter TKA and has therefore been the subject of a [8-13]; however, many patients undergoing TKAnumber of studies [1-6]. are, however, becoming increasingly active and Variables including age, sex, primary diagnosis, expect to achieve a greater degree of movement.preoperative motion, implant design, surgical tech- The aim of this study was to determine whether a standard course of postoperative outpatient phy- siotherapy improved the range of knee motion 1 year after primary TKA. From the Musgrave Park Hospital, United Kingdom. Submitted March 8, 2006; accepted August 25, 2007. Benefits or support was received from the Belfast ArthroplastyResearch Trust. Reprint requests: Brian James Mockford, MPhil, FRCS (Orth), Materials and Methods45 Waringfield Avenue, Moira, Co. Armagh, BT67 0FA NorthernIreland, UK. All patients attending for primary TKA under the © 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. 0883-5403/08/2308-0003$34.00/0 care of one surgeon were targeted for entry into this doi:10.1016/j.arth.2007.08.023 prospective study. All patients underwent TKA 1110
  2. 2. Standard Outpatient Physiotherapy Regime Mockford et al 1111 Table 1. Preoperative Patient Characteristics in the Oxford Knee Score (OKS) [14], Bartlett patellar Each Group score (BPS) [15], and the Short-Form (SF-12) Group A Group B general health questionnaire were completed. (n = 71) (n = 72) Range of motion was measured using a goniometer.Age, y (mean) 69.4 70.9 As soon as possible after surgery, general medicalSex (women) 46 42 health permitting, all patients were mobilized fullyDiagnosis weight bearing with the use of either a walking Osteoarthritis 66 71 Rheumatoid arthritis 5 1 frame or crutches. Inpatient physiotherapy com-OKS 49 48 menced on day 1 and continued daily untilBPS 10.3 10.6 discharge. On days 1 and 2, the inpatient programSF-12 PCS 27.3 28SF-12 MCS 47 46.6 consisted of ankle exercises, static quadriceps andPostoperative length of stay 4.2 4.4 hamstring exercises, straight leg raising and knee flexion exercises, and walking practice. From day 3 PCS indicates physical component summary; MCS, mental until discharge, the physiotherapy was carried out incomponent summary. the gym and consisted of heel slides, quadriceps bar and hamstring pulley exercises, gait reeducation,using the LCS rotating platform prosthesis (DePuy, and stair practice. Continuous passive motion wasLeeds, UK). The local ethics committee granted not used. All patients were given a home exerciseethical approval. regime to follow on discharge. A letter was also sent One hundred and fifty patients undergoing to the patients general practitioner on day ofprimary TKA were recruited. Subjects were ran- discharge requesting them not to organize out-domized using a computer-generated randomiza- patient physiotherapy.tion program into 2 groups. Both the surgeon andinpatient physiotherapy team were blinded to the Statistical Analysisstudy grouping. To detect a clinically significant Analysis was carried out on an intention-to-treatdifference of 10° (estimating a within-group SD of basis. No adjustment needed to be made for any16° at 90% power and at a 5% significance level), baseline differences. Statistical analysis was per-a sample size of 54 patients in each arm of the formed using the independent samples T test andstudy was required. Recruitment of patients took the 1-sample T test using the SPSS version 11place on the day of admission to hospital. software package (SPSS, Inc, Chicago, Ill).Sufficient numbers were entered into the trial toallow for dropouts. Seven patients were lost to follow-up or died and Resultstherefore excluded from the study. This left 71patients in group A and 72 in group B. Group A The baseline characteristics of the 2 groups werereceived a standard outpatient physiotherapy similar (Table 1). No significant differences wereregime, whereas group B did not. Measurements noted between the 2 groups.of knee range of motion were taken preoperatively, The mean number of outpatient physiotherapyat 3-month and 1-year reviews after surgery, and sessions attended in group A was 7.3 (range, 0-9). Table 2. Measurements of Knee Motion and Analysis of Mean Differences of Each ParameterParameter Group Preoperative 1y Mean difference P valueActive extension A 3.7° 1.5° 2.2° .98 B 3.5° 1.3° 2.2°Passive extension A 3.6° 1.3° 2.3° .78 B 3.3° 1.2° 2.1°Active flexion A 97.8° 107.9° 10.1° .18 B 100.4° 106.6° 6.2°Passive flexion A 101.9° 109.9° 8° .48 B 103.5° 109.3° 5.8°Active ROM A 94° 106.3° 12.3° .23 B 96.8° 105.2° 8.4°Passive ROM A 98.3° 108.6° 10.3° .48 B 100.2° 108.1° 7.9° ROM indicates range of motion.
  3. 3. 1112 The Journal of Arthroplasty Vol. 23 No. 8 December 2008 Table 3. Validated Outcome Scores Table 5. Walking Distance Before and (Mean Differences) Before and After Surgery in Each Group After Surgery in Each Group Group A Group B Group A Group B P value Preoperative 1y Preoperative 1yOKS 23 23.5 .77 Unlimited 1 28 1 30BPS 15.7 14.4 .22 N1000 m 3 20 2 20SF-12 PCS 11.7 11 .67 500-1000 m 8 15 12 9SF-12 MCS 3.3 3.4 .97 b500 m 53 6 52 10 Housebound 6 2 5 3Forty-three patients attended for all 9 plannedsessions. One patient in group B attended potential for this, it is necessary to evaluate commonphysiotherapy, requested by his GP. He received factors that may influence the amount of knee9 sessions. motion achieved after TKA. Postoperative rehabili- The mean absolute values for each range of tation, of which physiotherapy plays a large part, ismotion parameter are outlined in Table 2. The considered an important factor.difference between the 2 means was then calculated The range of motion at 1 year is felt to be anand compared. No significant differences were noted appropriate end point with no improvement in thebetween the 2 groups. range of knee motion thereafter [16-20]. An improvement was also noted in all validated Our study concurs with those authors whooutcome measures as expected. No significant differ- suggest that the most important factor in influencingences were noted between the 2 groups (Table 3). the range of motion after TKA is the preoperative One-way analysis of variance revealed no statis- value [7,16,21,22]. Regarded by most as the mosttical difference in any of the parameters between important parameter, active flexion was not sig-that preoperatively and at 1 year in groups receiving nificantly improved by 1 year after a course ofno outpatient physiotherapy, 1 to 8 sessions, or all 9 outpatient physiotherapy.sessions of physiotherapy. It was, however, noted that in group A the There was no difference noted between the 2 range of motion was improved at 3 monthsgroups in the type of walking aid used (Table 4) or compared to the nonphysiotherapy group B butwalking distance attained at 1 year (Table 5). not significantly. Like other physiotherapy mod- Four complications were noted in each group. In alities such as continuous passive motion [23,24]group A, 1 proximal deep vein thrombosis, 1 and muscle strengthening exercises [25], wepulmonary embolism, 1 supracondylar fracture, and could conclude that physiotherapy allows a faster1 superficial wound infection were seen, and in group return to a functional range of motion butB 1 proximal deep vein thrombosis, 1 superficial ultimately no benefit at 1 year or beyond.wound infection, 1 deep infection, and 1 hematoma Furthermore, when considering the individualrequiring drainage. None were directly attributable to groups, patients tended to migrate toward athe outpatient physiotherapy intervention. middle range, that is, those with poor preopera- tive active flexion gained flexion after TKA whereas those with good preoperative active Discussion flexion lost flexion. Contrary to other studies [1,3,4,16,17,25,26], we found an overall improve- The restoration of a functional range of knee ment in extension and flexion, active and passive,motion is important in TKA. To maximize the compared to that preoperatively in both groups. The physiotherapy group had a mean improve- ment of 3.9° over the no-physiotherapy group.Table 4. Walking Aid Use Before and After Surgery This was not statistically different and did not in Each Group elevate the number of patients into a higher functional range of motion. Kettlekamp et al [27] Group A Group B felt 93° of active flexion was necessary for Preoperative 1y Preoperative 1y everyday function. Six patients (13%) in groupNo support 30 54 33 51 A and 9 patients (12%) in group B did not1 stick 37 15 33 18 achieve this goal postoperatively.2 sticks 1 0 2 1Crutches or walker 3 2 4 2 The ability to passively flex the limb to beyond 93° is advantageous, and if 105° is manageable then
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