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Return to running following knee osteochondral repair using an anti-gravity treadmill: A case report

Hambly, Karen, Poomsalood, Somruthai, Mundy, Emma (2017) Return to running following knee osteochondral repair using an anti-gravity treadmill: A case report. Physical Therapy in Sport, 26 . pp. 35-40. ISSN 1466-853X. (doi:10.1016/j.ptsp.2017.05.004)

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Background: The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of an anti-gravity treadmill return to running programme on self-efficacy and subjective knee function following knee osteochondral surgery.

Case Description: A 39-year-old otherwise healthy female endurance runner with a left knee femoral cartilage grade 3-4 defect 3cm2. The patient underwent single step arthroscopic microfracture with Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate. An AlterG® anti-gravity treadmill was used to manipulate loading during a graduated phased return to running over 8 weeks. Self-efficacy was evaluated using the Self-Efficacy for Rehabilitation outcomes scale (SER) and the Knee Self-Efficacy Scale (K-SES). Subjective knee function was evaluated using the Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS) and International Knee Documentation Committee Subjective Knee Form (IKDC).

Outcomes: The programme resulted in improvements in SER (57%), K-SES present (89%) and K-SES future (65%) self-efficacy domains. The IKDC score demonstrated a clinically important improvement with an increase from 62.1 in week 1 to 86.2 in week 8 (39%). Only the KOOS Sport/Rec subscale showed a clinically important improvement from week 1 to week 8.

Discussion: The programme resulted in improved knee and rehabilitation self-efficacy and subjective knee function following osteochondral repair of the knee. This case report illustrates the importance of considering self-efficacy in rehabilitation after knee osteochondral surgery and highlights the potential role for anti-gravity treadmills in enhancing self-efficacy and subjective knee function in preparation for a return to sport.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.ptsp.2017.05.004
Uncontrolled keywords: Rehabilitation; Knee osteochondral repair; Self-efficacy; Patient reported outcomes
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > Sports sciences
R Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > RM695 Physical therapy
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Karen Hambly
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2017 10:15 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2019 15:33 UTC
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