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Överskrift Treatment of leg edema and wounds in a patient with severe musculoskeletal injuries
Upplaga 78(10)
Sidor 1104-13
Överskrift Treatment of leg edema and wounds in a patient with severe musculoskeletal injuries
Beskrivning This case report describes the application of a technique for the treatment of leg edema and wounds resulting from a severe distal tibiofibular fracture. Following injury and numerous fracture- and wound-related surgeries in the first year postinjury, this patient developed leg edema, required daily treatment of 2 leg wounds, and was unable to wear a shoe due to foot swelling. He was referred to the physical therapy clinic 1 year postinjury for ankle rehabilitation and to diminish the leg edema. Therapy consisting of manual lymph drainage, compressive bandaging, exercise, and skin care was provided for 7 weeks. A compression stocking was issued near the end of treatment, which the patient continued to wear daily thereafter. At the time of discharge from therapy, the leg edema had decreased 74% and the wound area of both wounds had decreased 89%. Improvements continued following discharge. By 10 weeks after the start of treatment, edema had decreased 80.9%, one wound had healed, and the second wound was 93% improved. The patient was able to wear a shoe and resume recreational activities. This case report provides insight into a treatment that may shorten rehabilitation and control the cost of caring for injuries complicated by prolonged edema.
Källa Phys Ther
Publicerad 1998
Författare Weiss JM

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