Joint replacement failures 'detected by new test'

Posted on 28 April 2011

Failing joint replacements in those paying for care could be detected earlier through the use of a new test.

University of Nebraska scientists found that a new imaging test could identify the inflammation associated with a joint replacement failure earlier on.

By doing so, the problem could be treated early on, meaning patients could potentially avoid further surgery.

According to the authors: "Subsequent therapeutic interventions at this stage, would permit prolongation of the lifetime of the implant with improved patient outcomes."

This follows a study, published in journal Clinical Rehabilitation, which found that patients who began rehabilitation sooner following knee arthroplasty surgery show an improved recovery.

It was shown that those who undertook physical therapy within 24 hours of the surgery improved pain, the range of joint motion and muscle strength.

Additionally, those who began the rehabilitation earlier were discharged an average of two days before people in the control group.

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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