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Physiotherapy exercise after knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis
Article Type: Reviews of effectiveness From: Clinical Governance: An International Journal, Volume 13, Issue 3
C.J. Minns Lowe, K.L. Barker, M. Dewey and C.M. Sackley (2007), “Effectiveness of physiotherapy exercise after knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials”
BMJVol. 335p. 812
This review evaluated the effectiveness of physiotherapy exercise after elective total knee arthroplasty in patients with osteoarthritis. The authors concluded that interventions including physiotherapy functional exercises result in small to moderate short-term benefit but no long-term benefit. Although, the review was generally well conducted, owing to the small number of trials and some methodological concerns about the synthesis, the extent to which the authors’ conclusions are reliable is unclear.