The Journal of Arthroplasty, Volume 28, Issue 6, 954 - 959

Compare the Traditional Chinese Medicine Manipulation With Rehabilitation on In-Patients After Total Knee Arthroplasty

Yang, Tsung-Hsien et al.

This prospective, randomized, and controlled study was conducted to assess Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for pain control, alone and in conjunction with a standard inpatient rehabilitation program, during the five days immediately following total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Forty-one patients undergoing primary unilateral TKA between February, 2010 and January, 2011 were randomly assigned to one of three groups. Levels of pain were then monitored using a Visual Analogue Scale (VAS). Significant alleviation of pain and diminution of flexion contractures were achieved using TCM, with and without standard rehabilitation. These outcomes support use of TCM immediately post-TKA to facilitate patient recovery.

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