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Title: Effects of knee bracing on the functional performance of patients with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
Authors: Wu, GKH
Ng, GYF 
Mak, AFT
Keywords: Anterior cruciate ligament
Braces
Reconstructive surgical procedures
Rehabilitation
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: W.B. Saunders
Source: Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 2001, v. 82, no. 2, p. 282-285 How to cite?
Journal: Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation 
Abstract: Objective: To compare the functional performance of subjects with unilateral anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Design: Cross-sectional comparative clinical trial. Setting: A physical therapy outpatient department. Subjects: Thirty-one subjects with unilateral ACL reconstruction for more than 5 months. Intervention: Patients under 3 bracing conditions: (1) Don-Joy Brace, (2) mechanical placebo brace, or (3) no brace. Running and turning 10 times on a 22-meter figure-8 runway, and running and jumping (and landing) on a semicircular path. Main Outcome Measures: Speed of running and turning, speed of running and jumping, and accuracy of landing after the jump. Results: Subjects performed similarly in conditions 1 and 2 in all the tests, but the speeds of running and turning were significantly slower in conditions 1 and 2 than condition 3 (p = .008-.000). Results of the run and jump tests were not different among all conditions. Conclusion: Knee bracing may not improve functional performance of subjects 5 months after ACL reconstruction. The use of such a brace could actually slow down running and turning, irrespective of the mechanical constraints of the brace. These functional outcomes need to be noted when such a brace is used on this group of subjects.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/13436
ISSN: 0003-9993
EISSN: 1532-821X
DOI: 10.1053/apmr.2001.19020
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