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This study will determine the difference in outcome for people undergoing knee arthroplasty (knee replacement), between a community based rehabilitation programme and usual care. Participants in this study will be randomly assigned to either usual care or a community based rehabilitation programme. The programme will consist of exercises and practice of functional activities. It will be set up by a Physiotherapist and supervised by a Rehabilitation Assistant with occupational therapy involvement. The study will help to inform the way rehabilitation after knee replacement is delivered, determining whether a home based rehabilitation programme is different usual care physiotherapy.


Interested in taking part?

Inclusion Criteria:

Participant is willing and able to give informed consent for participation in the study

Male or Female, aged 55 years or above

Primary unilateral KR as a scheduled procedure

Deemed by study screening tool developed to be at risk of poor outcome 

Happy to allow physiotherapy teams to attend their home to deliver the intensive rehabilitation programme if randomised to the intervention arm


Exclusion Criteria:

                                                                                                           Any absolute contraindications to exercise

Rheumatoid arthritis 

Severe cardiovascular or pulmonary disease (New York Heart Association III-IV)

Severe dementia, assessed using the  hospital dementia screening

Further lower limb arthroplasty surgery planned within 12 months

 See the location map to find a participating centre near you.