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Överskrift A randomized trial assessing the effects of 4 weeks of daily stretching on ankle mobility in patients with spinal cord injuries
Upplaga 81(10)
Sidor 1340-7
Överskrift A randomized trial assessing the effects of 4 weeks of daily stretching on ankle mobility in patients with spinal cord injuries
Beskrivning OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of 4 weeks of 30 minutes of daily stretching on ankle mobility in patients with recent spinal cord injuries (SCIs). DESIGN: Assessor-blinded randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Two spinal injury units in Sydney, Australia. PATIENTS: Consecutive sample of 14 recently injured patients with paraplegia and quadriplegia. INTERVENTION: Treated ankles were stretched continuously into dorsiflexion with a torque of 7.5 N x m for 30 minutes each weekday for 4 weeks. Contralateral ankles received no stretches. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Passive torque-angle curves for both ankles were obtained at study commencement, then at weeks 2, 4, and 5 (ie, during, at the end of, and 1 week after the stretching program). Torque-angle measurements were obtained with the knee extended and flexed. Mean values for parameters (baseline angle, angle at 10 N x m, slope) describing the characteristics of the torque-angle curves were derived for each knee position. Changes from pretest to each subsequent test were calculated, as well as 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for differences in these changes between stretched and controlled ankles. RESULTS: The stretching intervention did not significantly change any of the 3 parameters describing the torque-angle curves of the ankle in either knee position. At the beginning of the study, the mean (+/-SD) angles obtained with the application of a standardized torque with the knee extended for the control and stretch ankles were 105 degrees (+/- 10.4 degrees) and 106 degrees (+/- 9.8 degrees), respectively. After 4 weeks, these values were 106 degrees (+/- 10.6 degrees) and 107 degrees (+/- 10.6 degrees) (mean difference in change of angle = 0 degrees; 95% CI, -3.3 degrees to 3.3 degrees). CONCLUSION: Thirty minutes of daily stretching for 4 weeks does not significantly change ankle mobility in recently injured patients with SCIs.
Källa Arch Phys Med Rehabil
Publicerad 2000
Författare Batty J, Crosbie J, Harvey LA, Herbert RD, Kirshbaum M., Poulter S

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