AAOS: Weightbearing-as-tolerated safe in rehabilitation following tibial shaft fractures
Can all tibial shaft fractures weight bear following intramedullary nailing? A randomized clinical trial
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62 patients undergoing intramedullary nailing for tibial shaft fractures were randomized to postoperative protocols of either immediate weightbearing-as-tolerated (WBAT) or non-weightbearing (NWB) for 6 weeks postoperatively. Functional and radiographic outcomes were monitored up to fracture union, or until treatment failure or revision surgery was required. The results indicated that there were n...
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