Total-knee replacement patients who used an app-based video physical therapy program progressed similarly to those who did their PT in person, according to a recent study.
Lead author Dr. Stefano Bini, a professor of clinical orthopedics at the University of California, San Francisco, presented the results at this week’s ATA 2016 conference in Minneapolis.
The therapists created 23 short videos with on-screen text instructions illustrating the same exercises that patients would have done in outpatient visits. Patients responded with videos of themselves performing the exercises. The PTs compared the patients’ progress to previous videos (patients could do the same), commented and uploaded more advanced videos based on patient progress. The cycle was repeated until the patient or therapist chose to end the intervention.