A study found that ROMTech’s Portable Connect physical therapy device improved recovery outcomes compared to standard protocols.

A recent study shows that home-based PortableConnect remote-clinician-controlled physical therapy device led to better outcomes when compared to standard physical therapy for rehabilitation after total knee arthroplasty.

The results were announced by ROMTech, creator of the PortableConnect Adaptive Telemed Technology.

The study, published in The Journal of Arthroplasty, compared a total of 135 consecutive, total-knee arthroplasty (TKA) patients who received the standard therapy protocol (STP) with the same number of patients who received therapy with the PortableConnect home-based, clinician-controlled therapy system (HCTS).

Outcomes were assessed at 2, 6, and 12 weeks and included a visual analog scale (VAS) for pain, KOOS JR score (overall knee health post-TKA), and knee range of motion (ROM), all measured by the same certified physical therapists.

The results revealed postoperative knee ROM was more significant in the HCTS group at all time intervals throughout the study period. VAS and the KOOS JR functional scores were statistically better in the HCTS group and exceeded the threshold for minimal clinically important differences for both VAS and KOOS JR.

There were also fewer cases of arthrofibrosis requiring manipulation under anesthesia in the HCTS group (1.48% versus 4.44%).

“Faced with various factors, aging seniors in the US are requiring hip and knee replacement surgery at an increasingly high rate,” said Steve Siegel, ROMTech president. “We’ve addressed the challenge with the help of top-tier doctors and practitioners by speeding up the rehabilitation process with home care.”

ROMTech teletherapy technology helps patients and care teams by providing customizable rehabilitation protocols, remote connectivity, and the ability to recover in the privacy, safety, and convenience of home. ROMTech spent over 8 years developing PortableConnect, the at-home rehabilitation system that allows individuals to increase recovery speed and improve outcomes.

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