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Elderly Rehabilitation

Elderly patients or those with multiple medical conditions who also have hip or knee replacement, should begin intensive rehabilitation within a few days of surgery.

The Journal of the American Medical Association reports a study of 71 such patients.

Those who started rehab three days after surgery improved enough to leave the hospital two days earlier than those who began rehab a week after surgery.

They also had faster return to satisfactory use of their hip or knee.

More evidence of the resilience of the human body.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.






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