A new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery has shown that pre-surgery rehabilitation, known as prehabilitation, helps reduce overall costs for patients undergoing a full hip or knee replacement. The savings resulted from the reduced need for specialized post-surgical professional care and/or inpatient care among the prehabilitated patients. The research subjects were Medicare patients with a mean age of 71.2 years, so the authors caution that their results will not necessary coincide with every injured worker, but as the workforce gets continuously older, potential joint replacements that fall under workers’ comp will become more common. Overall, 54.2% of prehabilitated subjects utilized post-surgical care services, whereas for the general study population, 79.7% needed post-surgical care.
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