OTA 2013: Early weight bearing versus non-weight bearing for 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 acute surgical fixation of an unstable ankle fracture were randomized to compare the efficacy of early weight bearing and mobilization against non-weight bearing and immobilization 12 months after surgical intervention. Patients were primarily assessed for rate of return to work, along with secondary measures of ankle ROM, SF-36 health outcome scores, Olerud/Molander...
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