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BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2017 Mar 14;18(1):104. doi: 10.1186/s12891-017-1461-0.

Outcome of patients after lower limb fracture with partial weight bearing postoperatively treated with or without anti-gravity treadmill (alter G®) during six weeks of rehabilitation - a protocol of a prospective randomized trial.

Author information

1
Clinic of Orthopaedics, Trauma and Plastic Surgery, University of Leipzig, Liebigstr. 20, Leipzig, 04103, Germany. ralf.henkelmann@medizin.uni-leipzig.de.
2
Hospital St. Georg gGmbH, Clinic of Trauma, Orthopedic and Septic Surgery, Delitzscher Str. 141, Leipzig, 04129, Germany.
3
Ambulantes Reha Centrum, Bauhofstr. 3, Leipzig, 04103, Germany.
4
Clinic of Orthopaedics, Trauma and Plastic Surgery, University of Leipzig, Liebigstr. 20, Leipzig, 04103, Germany.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Partial or complete immobilization leads to different adjustment processes like higher risk of muscle atrophy or a decrease of general performance. The present study is designed to prove efficacy of the anti-gravity treadmill (alter G®) compared to a standard rehabilitation protocol in patients with tibial plateau (group 1)or ankle fractures (group 2) with six weeks of partial weight bearing of 20 kg.

METHODS AND DESIGN:

This prospective randomized study will include a total of 60 patients for each group according to predefined inclusion and exclusion criteria. 1:1 randomization will be performed centrally via fax supported by the Clinical Trial Centre Leipzig (ZKS Leipzig). Patients in the treatment arm will be treated with an anti-gravity treadmill (alter G®) instead of physiotherapy. The protocol is designed parallel to standard physiotherapy with a frequency of two to three times of training with the treadmill per week with duration of 20 min for six weeks.

DISCUSSION:

Up to date no published randomized controlled trial with an anti-gravity treadmill is available. The findings of this study can help to modify rehabilitation of patients with partial weight bearing due to their injury or postoperative protocol. It will deliver interesting results if an anti-gravity treadmill is useful in rehabilitation in those patients. Further ongoing studies will identify different indications for an anti-gravity treadmill. Thus, in connection with those studies, a more valid statement regarding safety and efficacy is possible.

TRIAL REGISTRATION:

NCT02790229 registered on May 29, 2016.

PMID:
28288613
PMCID:
PMC5348747
DOI:
10.1186/s12891-017-1461-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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