Promising preliminary results seen with ankle distraction for post-traumatic OA
ORTHOPEDICS TODAY 2009; 29:46
Emerging research from the University of Iowa indicates that ankle distraction may lead to improved pain relief and function in young and active patients with endstage post-traumatic ankle osteoarthritis.
â€śAt the present time, the standard option for these types of patients is usually arthrodesis of the ankle or, in the older patients, arthroplasty,â€ť Annunziato Amendola, MD, told Orthopedics Today. â€śBoth of those options have downfalls. If you could maintain the ankle joint, obviously, it would be advantageous. Ankle distraction is a technique designed to restore the ankle joint space and reduce the patientâ€™s pain so that he or she does not need one of those other procedures.â€ť
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