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Digitally Assisted Postoperative Rehabilitation – Is the future of postoperative recovery close to home?

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February 12, 2024

Digitally Assisted Postoperative Rehabilitation – Is the future of postoperative recovery close to home?

Vol: 8| Issue: 2| Number:1| ISSN#: 2563-559X

Authored By: Ellen Scholl, Alex Thabane, Steve Phillips, Sushmitha Pallapothu and Mohit Bhandari on Behalf of OrthoEvidence

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Close to 30 million orthopaedic surgeries are performed globally each year. [1] With this number set to increase dramatically over the coming decades, orthopaedics is one of the fastest growing healthcare sectors [1,2]. One area intertwined with the field of orthopaedics is rehabilitation. As one of the ancillary services that complement orthopaedic practice, the need for rehabilitation has also steadily increased worldwide [2]. This makes postoperative rehabilitation a critical domain for innovation and development in orthopaedics [2,3]. Currently, there are two main challenges with current postoperative rehabilitation practices in orthopaedics. The first is high costs: this is especially true for inpatient or centre-based rehabilitation [3]. The second is the poor continuity of rehabilitation after discharge [3]. A modern-day, emerging solution to addressing these challenges is in-home rehabilitation, enabled through the use of digital rehabilitation technologies [3]. During the COVID-19 pandemic, telerehabilitation was essential. Now, it seems that despite the option of returning to care as usual, many of these remote programs are being considered by choice....
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