The Use of a Pneumatic Leg Brace in Soldiers with Tibial Stress Fractures– A Randomized Clinical Trial
Authors: Allen, Christopher S.; Allen, Christopher S.1; Flynn, Timothy W.2; Kardouni, Joseph R.3; Hemphill, Mae H.4; Schneider, Carrie A.5; Pritchard, Allyson E.2; Duplessis, David H.6; Evans-Christopher, Greer7
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 169, Number 11, November 2004 , pp. 880-884(5)
Abstract:Study Design: Single blind randomized controlled replication study. Objectives: Evaluate the effect of a pneumatic leg brace on return-to-activity and pain in soldiers with tibial stress fractures. Methods and Measures: Thirty-one subjects diagnosed with tibial stress fractures were randomly assigned to either a brace or control group. Dependent variables included time to pain-free single-leg hopping, visual analog pain scale, and time to a pain-free 1-mile run. Twenty subjects (10 brace, 10 control) completed a detailed functional progression culminating in a 1-mile run. Results: There was no difference between groups for time to pain-free hop (p > 0.86; power = 0.43) and time to pain-free 1-mile run (p > 0.24; power = 0.92). Subjects in both groups experienced statistically significant improvements in pain measurements (p < 0.002), but no difference was found between groups (p > 0.93). Conclusion: The current study demonstrated no added benefit of Aircast leg braces in the treatment of tibial stress fractures in the military training environment.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, Physical Therapy Department, 1585 Third Street, Fort Polk, LA 71459. 2: U.S. Army-Baylor Graduate Program in Physical Therapy, 3151 Scott Road, Room 1303, Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234. 3: Martin Army Community Hospital, Physical Therapy Department, 7950 Martin Loop, Fort Benning, GA 31905. 4: Moncrief Army Community Hospital, Physical Therapy Department, Building 4500 Stuart Street, Fort Jackson, SC 29207. 5: Tripler Army Medical Center, 1 Jarrett White Road, Tripler AMC, HI 96859. 6: B Company 46 AG BN, Ft Knox, KY 40121. 7: Womack Army Medical Center, Physical Therapy Department, Fort Bragg, NC 28310.
Publication date: 2004-11-01
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