COA/AOA: Early versus delayed weight-bearing after ORIF of unstable ankle fractures
Early Weight-Bearing and Mobilization Versus Non-Weight-Bearing and Immobilization After Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of Unstable Ankle Fractures: A Randomized Controlled Trial
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110 patients who had undergone open reduction and internal fixation for an unstable ankle fracture were randomized to either early weight-bearing (i.e. mobilization and weight-bearing at 2 weeks) or delayed weight-bearing (i.e. immobilization and casting until 6 weeks). The purpose of this study was to compare these two postoperative protocols with respect to physical function, quality of life and...
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