The Research

J Telemed Telecare. 2016 Jan 1:1357633X16686748. doi: 10.1177/1357633X16686748. 

The comparison of telerehabilitation and face-to-face rehabilitation after total knee arthroplasty: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Jiang S1Xiang J1Gao X1Guo K1Liu B2.

  • Telerehabilitation could achieve comparable pain relief and better Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index improvement
  • Telerehabilitation treatment resulted in a significantly higher extension range.
  • Telerehabilitation should be recommended for patients after total knee arthoplasty because of its comparable pain control and better improvement of functional recovery as compared to face-to-face rehabilitation.



J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Jan 19;93(2):113-20. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.I.01375.

Internet-based outpatient telerehabilitation for patients following total knee arthroplasty: a randomized controlled trial.

Russell TG1Buttrum PWootton RJull GA.

  • Outcomes achieved via telerehabilitation at six weeks following total knee arthroplasty were comparable with those after conventional rehabilitation



Physiother Res Int. 2010 Sep;15(3):167-75. doi: 10.1002/pri.471.

Telerehabilitation mediated physiotherapy assessment of ankle disorders.

Russell TG1Blumke RRichardson BTruter P.

  • A high level of inter and intrarater reliability was found for the telerehabilitation assessments.



Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 May 15;38(11):947-52. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e318281a36c.

Agreement between telerehabilitation and face-to-face clinical outcome assessments for low back pain in primary care.

Palacín-Marín F1Esteban-Moreno BOlea NHerrera-Viedma EArroyo-Morales M.

  • Very good inter- and intrarater intraclass correlation coefficients were obtained.



J Telemed Telecare. 2017 Jan 1:1357633X17723367. doi: 10.1177/1357633X17723367.

Cost analysis of telerehabilitation after arthroscopic subacromial decompression.

Pastora-Bernal JM1Martín-Valero R2Barón-López FJ3.

  • The estimated total cost analysis shows a preliminary cost differential in favour of the telerehabilitation group, meaning that for each participant’s total intervention, telerehabilitation saves 29.8% of the costs.
  • Real cost analysis, only for received treatments, shows a cost differential in favour of telerehabilitation, meaning that for each participant’s total intervention, telerehabilitation saves 22.15% of the costs incurred for conventional rehabilitation.



J Telemed Telecare. 2017 Jan 1:1357633X17706583. doi: 10.1177/1357633X17706583.

Telerehabilitation after arthroscopic subacromial decompression is effective and not inferior to standard practice: Preliminary results.

Pastora-Bernal JM1Martín-Valero R2Barón-López FJ3Guerrero Moyano N4Estebanez-Pérez MJ5.

  • The results of this study provide evidence for the efficacy of telerehabilitation after shoulder arthroscopy in shoulder impingement syndrome.
  • A telerehabilitation programme with range of motion, strengthening of the rotator cuff and scapula stabilizers exercises seems to be similar and not inferior to traditional face-to-face physiotherapy after subacromial arthroscopic decompression.