Home-Based Rehabilitation For Patients Who Have Recently Undergone Joint Replacement

Many people would argue that for a patient who has undergone a surgery for the replacement of their joints, the best form of rehabilitation to get them back on their feet would be to get them to a private rehabilitation center where they stay and slowly get rehabilitated back to a normal life. However new reports from other countries are suggesting that this may not be the best option for those who are living on the weaker side of the median annual income. With rising costs of hospital care, this option for the rehabilitation of patients in the comfort of their own homes will come as a boon to many.

In Australia especially, the number of cases where patients who have undergone joint replacement are given the option to pursue home-based remedies for their rehabilitation are being shunned away to the best rehab services in order to try and speed up the process. However, a three year study in the field has just recently concluded that there is no difference in the time taken for patients to recover from joint replacement surgeries regardless of whether they were rehabilitated at home or in the hospital. However, there was up to a 20 times cost difference, indicating the need for people of poorer income to avail the option of home rehabilitation.

The Medibank group of companies has suggested this new step in the healthcare market of Australia, to invest in home rehabilitation. This is for the numerous surgeries that happen on knee and hip replacements. Exact numbers show that in a one year period, there may be more than 50,000 replacements and that the number has actually increased from previous years. With Medibank responsible for nearly 27% of this number, and with nearly 20% of these cases curable by home remedies, Medibank is looking to capitalize on this and provide customers and patients with the best rehab services for home rehabilitation. Reports also note that health insurers in Britain and Canada have tried these methods and that they have proven to be extremely successful, with no appreciable difference in the clinical outcome of the people under study.