Has this ever happened to you while driving? Ready to switch lanes, you look over your shoulder then check the rearview mirror. All clear. You begin to make your move, and out of nowhere comes the sound of a blaring horn. Heart pounding, you jerk the steering wheel and move back into your lane as quickly as possible. The other car was in your blind spot – you didn’t see the whole picture, and your attempted lane change could have ended badly.
Now imagine that same lack of visibility when evaluating a total joint arthroplasty (TJA) patient’s compliance with home therapy exercises. Most patients are given paper or video instructions and sent home to complete their prescribed activities. The clinician is left to wonder if the patient will adhere to the protocol. Is the patient moving the joint and how much? Is the range-of-motion (ROM) where it needs to be? Is the patient in too much pain? About 40 percent of patients do not complete home therapy1,2, sending the clinician scrambling to get the patient back in the right lane to a desired outcome. The pathway to an undesirable outcome is paved with “what-ifs” and “if I had only known sooner” statements. Much like a driver behind the wheel of a car, clinicians are dealing with a blind spot in a patient’s at-home recovery. Read more