Clinical evidence is an important element in supporting the work of healthcare professionals across the world, ensuring that patients receive the most effective treatment regimes available. Kinetec are keen to share with you the latest research so please refer to the relevant sections below.
Continuous Passive Motion (CPM)
Rehabilitation following knee prosthesis surgery
Recent research in Germany by Dr Volker Sauer, presented at the DKOU Berlin, October 2016, clearly demonstrates significantly better knee function and signifcantly better and more obvious daily activities scores at all post-op investigation points (6 weeks, 12 weeks, 52 weeks) for patients using CPM (2 hours per day) in combination with regular active physiotherapy compared to those just using regular physiotherapy. (76 patients measured using the Knee Society Score and Oxford Score)
Effects of one-month continuous passive motion after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair: results at 1-year follow-up of a prospective randomized study
This sudy looked at 100 patients who underwent an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. Post-operatively they were split into control (46 patients) who undertook passive self-assisted range of motion exercise compared with the experimental group (54 patients) who combined passive self-assisted range of motion exercise with additional continuous passive motion (CPM) use for 2 hours per day for 4 weeks. The findings show significant advantage in terms of ROM improvment and pain relief for the patients using CPM therapy at the short term (2.5 and 6 months) compared to the control group.
House Shoes and Slippers for Diabetics
Patients’ Experience of therapeutic footwear whilst living at risk of neuropathic diabetic foot ulceration: an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)
Research is ongoing in the area of care of patients with diabetic neuropathy and hence at risk fo developing foot ulcers (which can lead to amputations if not treated correctly). Research carried out by Paton et al (published 2014 - see http://www.jfootankleres.com/content/7/1/16), shows that a major issue is the compliance of patients with prescribed, bespoke outdoor footwear. Unfortunately, many patients won't wear their outdoor shoes around the house despite the clinical evidence and subsequent advice to do so. Therefore, they recommend the use of good quality house shoes slippers that are "lightweight, made of comforting materials, quick and easy to put on, suitable for use after bathing, relatively disposable and readily available."