Jūratė Jakubauskienė, Jūratė Kaunienė, Darius Kurlys, Audronė Staugaitienė, Irena Žemaitienė
On average, 20% of all Lithuanian patients after lower limb joint replacement get rehabilitation treatment in the Palanga rehabilitation hospital.
The service is provided in accordance with the common standarts, that were prepared by the specialists from Palanga rehabilitation, Klaipeda university and Šiauliai hospitals.
The aim of the study: to determine the change in joint function after replacement during inpatient rehabilitation.
Contingents consisted of 440 patients after hip and knee joint replacement, who have undergone rehabilitation for 18–24 days. The study consisted of 158 men and 282 women .The mean age of the patients was 65 years. All tests : visual analogue scale /VAS/, functional status, flexion and extension angles, Barthel, Keithel index were done before and after rehabilitation. The results demonstrated, that rehabilitation after hip and knee joint replacement is conductive to easing pain, ensures the patient‘s agility, ability to take care of himself, improves the quality of life.
Keyword(s): rehabilitation, joint replacement
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