Authors: Diederik P. J. Smeeing, Roderick M. Houwert, Jan Paul Briet, Johannes C. Kelder, Michiel J. M. Segers, Egbert Jan M. M. Verleisdonk, Luke P. H. Leenen and Falco Hietbrink
Ankle fractures are a common injury that often require surgery to stabilize the bone. Recovery from this type of surgery can be challenging, but recent research suggests that active exercises and weight-bearing can speed up the recovery process. In this article, we will discuss the effectiveness and safety of interventions used for rehabilitation after open reduction and internal fixation of ankle fractures, based on a recent systematic review and meta-analysis.
The “Weight-Bearing and Mobilization in the Postoperative Care of Ankle Fractures: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials and Cohort Studies” found that active exercises accelerate return to work and daily activities compared to immobilization. Furthermore, early weight-bearing tends to accelerate return to work and daily activities compared to late weight-bearing. Combining active exercises with immediate weight-bearing may be a safe and effective approach to rehabilitation.
For doctors, this study provides evidence-based guidance on the best approach to rehabilitation after ankle surgery. By following these guidelines, doctors can help their patients recover faster and reduce the risk of complications.
Patients can benefit from knowing that active exercises may speed up their recovery process and help them return to their normal daily activities sooner. This can be especially important for people who need to return to work or other activities quickly after their surgery.
It is important to note that each patient’s recovery process may be different, and consulting a healthcare provider to determine the best course of rehabilitation based on individual circumstances and medical history is recommended.
The findings of this study suggest that active exercises and early weight-bearing may be an effective and safe approach to rehabilitation after ankle fractures. By making informed decisions about post-surgical care, patients can improve their outcomes and recover faster.
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