AAOS: Early rehabilitation acceptable following fixation of unstable ankle fracture
A randomized controlled trial of early vs. delayed weightbearing after surgical fixation of unstable ankle fractures
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110 patients undergoing fixation of an unstable ankle fracture were randomized to either early weightbeaing (2 weeks postop) or delayed weightbearing (6 weeks non-weightbeaing and immobilization postop). The purpose was to compare the two protocols on rate of return to work and functional outcome. The results indicated that return to work was similar between early and delayed weightbearing at all ...
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