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Synopsis: 82 patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis were randomized to either treatment with a topical flaxseed oil preparation or to placebo.Patients were to apply allocated treatment three times daily for 6 weeks.The outcome measure was the Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS). Improvement in each... Read More »
Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: 133 patients with a distal radius fracture scheduled for open reduction and internal fixation with a volar plate were randomized to a postoperative immobilization period or either 1 week, 3 weeks, or 6 weeks.Primary outcomes included wrist function, pain, and range of motion in wrist extension and forearm supination.Follow-up was performed at 6 weeks, 12 weeks, and 26 weeks postoperatively.Results demonstrated significantly better results related to the Patient-Rated Wrist Evaluation, visual analog scales for pain, and active range of wrist extension at 6 weeks for patients allocated to immobilization for only 1 or 3 weeks as compared to patients allocated to immobilization for 6 weeks.Differences between the three groups for results at 12 and 26 weeks were not statistically significant. Loss of fracture... Read More »
Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: 42 men and women, above 45 years of age, with normal wrists were randomized to wear both a partially restricted and a highly restricted splint for 24 hours each.This study aimed to compare levels of functional impairment between these splinting techniques. The application of... Read More »
Author verified Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: 117 patients with small to medium full thickness rotator cuff tears were randomized to assess the affects of early passive mobilization on functional outcomes following repair.Patients received either an early passive motion protocol beginning at the first post operative day or a standard protocol that included brace immobilization for 4-5 weeks. Results at 6... Read More »
Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: 47 patients with osteoarthritis of the hand were included in this study to evaluate the effectiveness of balneotherapy treatments (sulphurous water).Participants were randomized to receive balneotherapy or warm tap water baths (control) 15 times over a 3 week period.At the end of treatment and at the 3 month follow-up, participants in the balneotherapy group experienced significantly less pain and superior mean EuroQol health state scores than the control group. These differences were... Read More »
Author verified Level 1 RCT
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Synopsis: 64 patients undergoing day-case wrist arthroscopy were randomized to receive either detailed information on the surgical procedure and written postoperative care instructions or receive standard preoperative information and verbal postoperative care instructions.The purpose of the study was to evaluate how the delivery of information would impact the pain after surgery, return to regular activities, and satisfaction of patients. After follow-up for... Read More »
Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: The 20 studies (1544 patients) identified in this meta-analysis explored the short to midterm effectiveness of minimally invasive (conservative) treatments for chronic calcific tendinopathy of the rotator cuff.The purpose of this analysis was to determine pain reduction, functional improvement, and size of calcific deposits in the rotator cuff following various non-surgical interventions. Pooled results revealed... Read More »
Author verified Level 2 Meta Analysis
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Synopsis: 81 patients who underwent open reduction and internal fixation with a volar plate for an isolated distal radius fracture were randomized to either an accelerated or standard rehabilitation protocol.Clinical outcomes within the first 6 months were compared. Results indicated that... Read More »
Author verified Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: 5 studies with a total of 222 patients (231 fractures) were included in this meta-analysis which aimed to evaluate two surgical treatment options for metacarpal fractures.Percutaneous pinning and open reduction-internal fixation with plate and screws were compared to evaluate which surgical intervention improved rate of complications, functional and radiological outcomes. The study determined... Read More »
Conference Report
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Synopsis: 28 patients who had suffered a distal radial fracture (DRFs) and were undergoing occupational therapy were randomized to either perform a 6-minute repetitive wrist extension exercise protocol, or to a rest period of the same length.The purpose of this study was to assess the immediate effect of the intervention protocol on grip strength and visual analogue scale (VAS) pain scores. Results demonstrated significant... Read More »
Level 2 RCT