International health insurance customers who have undergone knee arthroplasty surgery should look into organising rehabilitation treatment to commence straight after their operation.
According to research recently published in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation, patients who begin their treatment within 24 hours of surgery have much better results than even those who begin rehab 48 to 72 hours later.
Indeed, they show much greater improvements in pain and in their range of joint motion and muscle strength, while their stays in hospital also tend to be reduced.
Adelaida Castro Sanchez from the University of Almeria commented on the results: "Orthopaedics, especially knee replacement surgery, is one area that may lend itself to accelerated discharge.
"We therefore postulated that early rehabilitation after total knee arthroplasty could accelerate the capacity of patients for daily life activities, and reduce their hospital stay."