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Postoperative Rehabilitation of Korean Medicine for Ankle Fractures Treated by Open Reduction with Internal Fixation: 2 Case Reports with 5 Months Follow-Up

  • Journal of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation
  • Abbr : JKMR
  • 2018, 28(1), pp.167-173
  • Publisher : The Korean Academy Of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Korean Medicine
  • Received : November 6, 2017
  • Accepted : December 6, 2017

Min Gu Kwon 1 Jo Hee Geun 1 Hye-Rin Park 1 SUL JAE UK 1

1청연한방병원

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to report the effect of Korean medicine rehabilitation therapies in two patients with ankle fractures who underwent Open Reduction with Internal Fixation (ORIF). Two patients with fractures who received ORIF received acupuncture, electroacupuncture, herbal medicine, and physical therapy during hospitalization. Patients were evaluated for AOFAS score, NRS, ROM, and ankle circumference. Case 1 was improved from 30 points to 62 points on the AOFAS score, from 8 to 2 on the NRS, and from 33 cm to 30 cm on the ankle perimeter. ROM was improved in all directions. Case 2 showed an AOFAS score of 64 to 90 points, frome 5 to 2 on the NRS, and from 25 cm to 23.5 cm on the ankle perimeter. ROM was improved in all directions. The results of this study suggest that the treatment of Korean medicine has a meaningful effect on improvement and rehabilitation of ankle fracture patients who have received ORIF. (J Korean Med Rehabil 2018;28(1):167-173)

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