Feasibility and Effect of a Wearable Motion Sensor Device in Facilitating In-Home Rehabilitation Program in Patients after Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Preliminary Study

Yu-Pin Chen, Chung-Ying Lin, Yi-Jie Kuo, Oscar Kuang-Sheng Lee
2022 Applied Sciences  
Postoperative home-based rehabilitation programs are essential for facilitating functional recovery after total knee replacement (TKA). This study aimed to verify the feasibility of applying a wearable motion sensor device (MSD) to assist patients in performing home-based exercises after TKA. The interrater reliability of the measurement for knee mobility and the time spent completing the 5-times sit-to-stand test (5TSST) by two experienced physicians and using the MSD in 12 healthy
more » ... was first assessed. A prospective control trial was then conducted, in which 12 patients following TKA were allocated to two groups: the home-based exercise group and the MSD-assisted rehabilitation group. Changes in knee range of motion, pain, functional score, performance, and exercise completion rates were compared between the groups over two months of follow-up. MSD-measured knee mobility and 5TSST exhibited excellent reliability compared with the physician measurements. Furthermore, patients in the MSD-assisted rehabilitation group reported higher training compliance than participants in the home-based exercise group, which led to better outcomes in the knee extension angle and maximal and average angular velocity in 5TSST. MSD-assisted home-based rehabilitation following TKA is a feasible treatment model for telerehabilitation because it enhances patients' compliance to training, which improves functional recovery.
doi:10.3390/app12052433 fatcat:n4zq4pf32fe4nngy45hbt2bwta