Outpatient Physical Therapy for a Patient Following a Right Sided Total Knee Arthroplasty

A patient with a right side total knee arthroplasty (TKA) was seen for physical therapy treatment for six sessions from 4/10/2014 to 5/11/2014 at an outpatient orthopedic clinic. Physical therapy care intervention was provided by a student physical therapist under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The patient was evaluated at the initial encounter with manual muscle tests, range of motion measurements, the Star Excursion Balance Test, the Short Form 36 survey and the Knee Injury Osteoarthritis Outcome Score and a plan of care was established. Main interventions used were therapeutic exercise including resistance strengthening, balance training, and manual therapy. The patient achieved the following goals: increased knee range of motion and strength, increased gait speed, and improved quality of life. The patient was discharged to home with a home exercise program.