Continuous passive motion is a rehabilitation technique where the knee is very gradually bent and straightened, over periods of hours, using a CPM machine.

 

Maintaining range of motion

This is to maintain mobility and prevent the formation of adhesions.

continuous passive motion    
Once the CPM machine parameters or speed and range of motion have been set, then the patient can just relax and the machine will continue to bend and strighten the limb.    
Synonyms: 
CPM
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Invaluable but a pricey purchase. Check if you are able to rent one locally.

CPM - continuous passive motion

Passive gentle machine-assisted exercise to maintain range of motion.

Day 2 - Things to buy or hire before the big day

A 5-day challenge to see how prepared you are for rehab at home after surgery.

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CLINICAL PUBLICATIONS

Continuous Passive Motion, Early Weight Bearing, and Active Motion following Knee Articular Cartilage Repair. Howard JS, Mattacola CG, Romine SE and Lattermann C. Cartilage. 2010 Oct; 1(4): 276–286.


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