Knee replacement activity – Lower than expected. Many patients are quite optimistic that once they get a hip or knee replaced they will return to high levels of physical activity. Direct to consumer ads placed by knee and hip replacement manufacturers don’t help the issue, as they show people climbing mountains and generally being extremely active with their new joints. There’s been quite a bit of criticism of this advertising approach, as most patients don’t return to this level of activity.
Now comes yet another study which continues to show that knee replacement patients don’t return to amount of activity expected by the patient. The study reviewed the expectations of more than 80 knee replacement patients before their surgery and found that the average expectation of returning to high levels of physical activity never materialized after the knee replacement.
The upshot? The concept that most younger patients will return to high levels of physical activity after a knee or hip replacement isn’t supported by the medical research the same way it’s supported by the TV advertising.
About the Author
Christopher J. Centeno, M.D. is an international expert and specialist in regenerative medicine and the clinical use of mesenchymal stem cells in orthopedics. He is board certified in physical medicine as well as rehabilitation and in pain management through The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.…