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William York

Date of Award


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Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Health Studies: Pre-clinical Health Science and University Honors


Health Studies




Physical therapy, Knee -- Surgery -- Rehabilitation, Total knee replacement




Prehabilitation is a rather new method of approach to the physical therapy setting in which patients attend therapy sessions to prepare for their upcoming surgery. Researchers hypothesize that if patients enter a procedure with higher levels of strength and function, they will be able to recover from their surgery quicker and more successfully. This literature review assesses different approaches that numerous studies have taken with regards to prehabilitation for patients about to undergo a Total Knee Arthroplasty. Majority of the studies conclude that there needs to be further research done to yield consistent results. Based on what has been done, prehabilitation does not yield enough statistically significant results to justify the implementation of such a program for all individuals. The current discourse analyzes the impact of prehabilitation on objective measurements of the knee however, should shift towards analyzing the impact prehabilitation has on future health-care spending for patients.


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