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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2000 Jun;81(6):786-8.

Patellar tendon repair: postoperative treatment.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA 23708, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare results of patellar tendon repair after early and delayed postoperative mobilization.

DESIGN:

Two separate treatment groups, comparing 2 treatment alternatives at different time periods (before-after trial).

PARTICIPANTS:

Postoperative rehabilitation of 10 men who underwent patellar tendon repair.

INTERVENTION:

Delayed mobilization group: weight-bearing in a cast and isometric lower-extremity exercises for 6 weeks; active flexion and extension exercises thereafter. Early mobilization group: weight-bearing in an extension brace, isometric lower-extremity exercises, prone active knee flexion, and passive knee extension for 6 weeks; active flexion and extension exercises thereafter. Sixteen-month minimum follow-up.

RESULTS:

Clinical (physical) findings were: 2 excellent, 1 good, 2 fair in the delayed-mobilization group; 1 excellent, 3 good, 1 fair in early-mobilization group. Functional (pain and activity level) findings were: 2 good, 2 fair, 1 poor in the delayed-mobilization group; 3 good, 1 fair, 1 poor in the early-mobilization group.

CONCLUSIONS:

Clinical and functional results were similar for both treatment groups. Further study is required to determine any significant long-term differences between rehabilitation methods.

PMID:
10857525
DOI:
10.1016/s0003-9993(00)90112-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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