Motor imagery following total knee arthroplasty effectively improves pain and disability

Takeaway

  • Adding motor imagery (MI) to early physiotherapy effectively improved pain and disability, but not range of motion or pressure pain sensitivity, in the early postsurgical phase after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) in people with knee osteoarthritis.

Why this matters

    These findings support that MI may constitute a promising approach for the early postsurgical phase of TKA, where pain and/or immobilization prevent real movement for further damage, aiming to improve functional outcomes and reduce possible complications.