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Physical therapy before joint replacement surgery can reduce the need for postoperative care by nearly 30%, saving an average of $1,215 per patient in skilled nursing facility, home health agency or other postop care, according to a new study.

An estimated 52.5 million U.S. adults have physician-diagnosed arthritis, according to the CDC, and patients often need THR or TKR to maintain mobility as the condition progresses. An earlier study projected the number of THRs is expected to grow by 174% (572,000 patients) between 2005 and 2030, and TKRs by 673% (3.48 million). The hospital length of stay after surgeries has decreased from an average of 9.1 days in 1990 to 3.7 days in 2008, according to a release from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, while post-acute care costs have grown.

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