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The effect of total knee arthroplasty on joint movement during functional activities and joint range of motion with particular regard to higher flexion users

Rowe, P J and Myles, C M and Nutton, R (2005) The effect of total knee arthroplasty on joint movement during functional activities and joint range of motion with particular regard to higher flexion users. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery, 13 (2). pp. 131-8. ISSN 1022-5536

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Abstract

Study aimed to evaluate active and functional knee excursion of patients before and after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and to determine whether TKA restores quality of life related to functional activities of daily living. Found that although TKA offers excellent pain relief and contributes to the overall well-being of the patient, these results suggest that it also leads to a reduced range of active and functional motion in the majority of patients. This is associated with a lower-than-normal physical quality of life. The design of implants and rehabilitation programmes should be reconsidered so that better range of motion and quality of life can be achieved for patients.