Caregivers may want to incorporate DVDs and other videos into home therapy for individuals who have osteoarthritis.
Although doctors have recommended exercise for these patients for a long time because of the way it can minimize pain and improve mobility, a recent study presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that a DVD-based home physical therapy program had these benefits and more.
In the study, 107 people with osteoarthritis were randomized into a DVD-based exercise group or the control group. In the DVD group, individuals received a DVD-based exercise program as well as verbal and hands-on instruction for the first four to eight weeks. Like the control group, they were then expected to continue the exercise program.
When researchers evaluated both groups at three, six and 12 months, they found that those in the DVD group had enhanced adherence to their program and more improvement in pain and physical function than the control group at all intervals.
Home healthcare has been able to advance in many ways thanks to technology, but video workouts may be a helpful technique to add to senior care programs.