Continuous Passive Motion machines (CPM Machines) gently move a surgically repaired joint (knee, shoulder, elbow, etc.) in order to help keep the joint flexible and lubricated. CPM machines have been proven to:
- reduce swelling
- reduce pain
- inhibit formation of scar tissue
- maintain and increase Range of Motion (ROM)
A patient’s joint, while placed in a CPM machine, moves in a comfortable, slow and rhythmic pattern. By increasing the fluid movement around the repaired joint, the continuous passive movement helps to reduce swelling, while also reducing pain. The continuous passive motion helps to keep the joint flexible and helps to increase the patient’s range of motion, reducing the risk of complications.
Continuous Passive Motion as a Proven Therapy
Continuous Passive Motion (CPM) is a treatment generally used after orthopedic surgery and has been practiced for over 30 years. After surgery, stiffness and pain are associated with bleeding and swelling which cause discomfort. CPM machines have proven to reduce pain and stiffness after surgeries by helping to stimulate blood flow and by reducing excess fluid in the joint.
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