Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Renee Mabey


Osteoarthritis, Knee -- rehabilitation; Physical Therapy Modalities; Treatment Outcome; Case Reports


Background and Purpose: This article describes the 6-week outpatient physical therapy management of a 65-year-old male who c/o bilateral knee pain s/p stem cell cartilage replacement therapy. The patient presented with decreased ROM in both knees R>L, difficulty ambulating moderate distances, knee pain, and decreased LE strength bilaterally. The purpose of this article is to describe the treatments used for this patient and the results from these treatments.

Description: The treatment of this patient involved range of motion, strengthening, patient education, and stretching.

Outcomes: Following PT intervention, the patient had increased ROM in both knees L>R, normal strength, some decrease in pain in both knees L>R, improved functional ambulation endurance, and no need for a single point cane.

Discussion: Rationale for treatment was based on evidence based treatment for knee osteoarthritis and the protocol given to us by the patient's surgeons. Treatment was altered or progressed based on patient's response to interventions and the protocol.