Knee Arthroplasty: Increasing Range of Motion

presented by John O'Halloran

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With an increasing demand for knee replacement procedures, clinicians require up-to-date information on surgical and rehabilitation techniques. Starting with an overview of the history of knee arthroplasty, this course compares minimally invasive and traditional knee arthroplasty methods such as mobile-bearing versus fixed-bearing surfaces. Dr. John O’Halloran describes the phases of postoperative rehabilitation and range of motion methods, including continuous passive motion and neuromuscular electrical stimulation, using numerous patient demonstration videos. The course finishes with an in-depth discussion of recommendations for return to activity following knee arthroplasty. This is the third course in a four course series. Please be sure to also watch:

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Meet Your Instructor

  • John O'Halloran, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC, CSCS, Cert. MDT

    Dr. John W. O’Halloran, PT, DPT, OCS, ATC (retired), CSCS (retired), cert MDT, is an American Physical Therapy Association board-certified orthopaedic clinical specialist with over 30 years of experience in the field of orthopaedics. He earned his post-professional Doctor of Physical Therapy from Temple University and has studied orthopaedic and sports therapy abroad in Australia and New Zealand. Dr. O’Halloran is the sole owner of O’Halloran Rehabilitation, a division of O’Halloran Consulting, LLC. John is credentialed with the McKenzie Institute in the mechanical diagnosis and treatment of the spine and has extensive post-graduate training in manipulative therapy of the spine and extremities. He is a certified SCTM-1 Practitioner and has certificates in SMT-1, SMT-2, and SMT-3 with the American Spinal Manipulative Institute. Dr. O’Halloran is also a certified functional capacity evaluator in the Blankenship Method. He has presented over 1300 times both locally and internationally on various orthopaedic and geriatric orthopaedic topics. In 2014, John was the recipient of Clinician of the Year and Excellence in Clinical Practice Award by the North Carolina Physical Therapy Association. Recently, Dr. O’Halloran’s investigational work on the earlier facilitation of gait in the total knee arthroplasty patient has been cited in peer-reviewed journal publication

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Introduction to the Knee

    1. Introduction to the Knee

    Nearly 500,000 people in the US annually need a knee arthroplasty. Through a demonstration with a postoperative total knee arthroplasty patient, Dr. O’Halloran shares common manual therapies for knee rehabilitation.

  2. Surgical Procedures

    2. Surgical Procedures

    In this chapter, Dr. O’Halloran provides an overview of the history of knee arthroplasty and examines different surgical techniques, such as minimally invasive versus traditional arthroplasty and mobile-bearing versus fixed-bearing. Other techniques, including unicompartmental surgery and computer-assisted surgery, are reviewed.

  3. Functional Balance and Range of Motion

    3. Functional Balance and Range of Motion

    Restoring functional balance and range of motion following knee arthroplasty is critical for successful patient rehabilitation. Using multiple patient videos, Dr. O’Halloran outlines the phases of postoperative rehabilitation, how to implement range of motion rehab techniques, and when to utilize continuous passive movement and neuromuscular electrical stimulation.

  4. Rehabilitation Recommendations

    4. Rehabilitation Recommendations

    Dr. O’Halloran describes the return to function process after knee arthroplasty, including appropriate activities and when to partake in them.