Acute care physical therapy for a patient with total knee arthroplasty

A patient with advanced osteoarthritis status post total knee arthroplasty on June 16, 2014 was seen for physical therapy treatment for seven sessions from June 16, 2014 to June 19, 2014 in an acute care hospital. Treatment was performed by a physical therapy student under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist. The patient was evaluated at the initial encounter with goniometry, manual muscle testing, and mobility screening to assess joint range of motion, strength, and functional mobility respectively, in order to establish a plan of care. Primary goals for the patient were to increase range of motion, muscular strength, and functional mobility. The main interventions used were therapeutic exercise and task-specific training for functional mobility. The patient achieved the following goals: increase in joint range of motion, increase in muscular strength, and an increase in bed mobility. The patient was discharged to a skilled nursing facility.