Prof.Dr. Nils Pohl © RUB, Foto: Nelle.

Along with the increasing number of people who are ageing, the number of hip and knee prostheses is also on the rise in The Netherlands. At the moment around 50,000 people are getting a new hip or knee. It is of the utmost importance for a successful recovery that people with these kinds of joint replacements learn to walk properly from day one. This isn’t a problem in hospitals. Then there’s a physiotherapist at a patient’s bedside who will guide them through their first steps following surgery. Yet once a patient has been discharged, they simply disappear from view.

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Author profile picture Arnoud Cornelissen has for many years been writing about science and technology in, among others, various Dutch newspapers.