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Return to High-Level Activity Following Knee Replacement: Literature Review and Suggested Program Design

Lorenz, Daniel S. DPT, PT, LAT, CSCS; Salsbery, Mitch A. PT, DPT, CSCS

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: January/March 2013 - Volume 29 - Issue 1 - p 46–54
doi: 10.1097/TGR.0b013e318275c1fb
Original Articles

Knee replacement is a common procedure for the relief of pain and dysfunction in both the active and sedentary individual. Despite these benefits, the procedure is not without complications. In particular, data on expected outcomes and treatment of those engaging in high-impact activities are rather scant and based on opinion or consensus statements. The purpose of this review was to highlight common impairments following a knee replacement as well as the common interventions used to promote a successful outcome. In addition, a framework for designing resistance-training programs for the active patient will be provided.

Specialists in Sports & Orthopedic Rehabilitation, St, Overland Park, Kansas (Dr Lorenz); and The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center (Dr Salsbery), Columbus, Ohio

Correspondence: Daniel S. Lorenz, DPT, PT, LAT, CSCS, Specialists in Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation, 7381 W. 133rd St, Overland Park, KS 66213 (

The authors of this review have no financial or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.