Patients’ pedal power tests knee strength
Research Operations Manager Steve Edmonston and Orthopaedic Research Officer Rebekah Laurenson demonstrate how the measurement tool is used. Photo: Supplied.
Five orthopaedic surgeons at St John of God Murdoch Hospital have embarked on a study that will get patients pedalling on bicycles to measure the recovery of muscle function following knee replacement surgery.
The innovative idea was the brainchild of lead investigator Mr Mark Hurworth, who says there is currently no standard way to accurately and reliably test knee muscle function after knee arthroplasty (replacement) surgery.
“Common practice is to test muscle strength subjectively in the clinic,” Mr Hurworth said.
“But we really need