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APA warns against DIY rehab for knee surgery patients

The Australian Physiotherapy Association has cautioned knee surgery patients against cheap DIY rehabilitation options, following a published article which the APA says misrepresented the findings of a Bond University study.

The article, published in early May, featured the results of a study which compared the effectiveness of pedalling based exercise versus a non-pedalling, multi-exercise program for patients following total knee replacement surgery.

The APA claims the article, published in The Senior, used quotes selectively, to promote the use of exercise pedals over properly managed physiotherapy treatment programs.

However, according to the APA, both of the study’s intervention groups were supervised by a physiotherapist while patients were in hospital.

APA National President Phil Calvert said that the main concern now was to dispel potentially harmful misconceptions that readers were likely to have about how best to recover after knee surgery.

“The strong message the researchers at Bond University and myself want people to know is that physiotherapy is essential for safe and successful recovery after joint replacement surgery. It cannot be done with a $29 set of pedals and a self-directed exercise program.”

“If The Senior had reported on the study article accurately it would have noted that it compares two types of exercise programs, and that for most participants, a pedal program was more effective in the acute post-operative phase than a non-pedal program.

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