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A retrospective pilot study comparing the number of therapy visits required to regain functional wrist and forearm range of motion following volar plating of a distal radius fracture.
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PMID:  19717277     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: The purpose of this retrospective study was to compare the number of therapy visits and amount of time required to achieve functional motion in patients who underwent open reduction and internal fixation of the distal radius. METHODS: Fourteen patients started early range of motion (ROM) and nine patients started ROM exercises after six weeks. Group comparisons were performed regarding age, Upper Limb Functional Index scores across time points, forearm and wrist ROM measurements across time points, grip strength, days until goal attainment, and number of visits attended. RESULTS: A statistically significant difference (F=6.48, p<0.005) (95% confidence interval [CI] -14.52 to -6.34) was present between groups when comparing the number of therapy visits. A statistically significant difference (F= 2.35, p<0.005) (95% CI -49.72 to -24.49) was present between groups when comparing the number of days each group took to attain functional ROM of the wrist and forearm. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: 3.
Kristin Valdes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-08-29
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of hand therapy : official journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0894-1130     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hand Ther     Publication Date:    2009 Oct-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-10-26     Completed Date:  2009-12-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8806591     Medline TA:  J Hand Ther     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  312-8; quiz 319     Citation Subset:  IM    
Hand Works Physical Therapy, Sarasota, Florida 34239, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Bone Plates
Fracture Fixation, Internal
Hand Strength / physiology
Middle Aged
Office Visits / statistics & numerical data*
Physical Therapy Modalities*
Pilot Projects
Radius Fractures / physiopathology,  rehabilitation*,  surgery
Range of Motion, Articular / physiology*
Recovery of Function / physiology
Retrospective Studies
Wrist Joint / physiopathology*

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