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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
J Korean Med Rehabil 2018;28:167-73
Published online January 31, 2018;  https://doi.org/10.18325/jkmr.2018.28.1.167
Copyright © 2018 The Society of Korean Medicine Rehabilitation.

Min-Goo Kwon, K.M.D., Hee-Geun Jo, K.M.D., Hye-Rin Park, K.M.D., Jae-Uk Sul, K.M.D.

Chung-Yeon Korean Medical Hospital, Chung-Yeon Medical Institute
Correspondence to: Hee-Geun Jo, Chung-Yeon Korean Medical Hospital, Chung-Yeon Medical Institute, 64 Sangmujungang-ro, Seo-gu, Gwangju 61949, Korea
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Received November 6, 2017; Revised November 29, 2017; Accepted December 6, 2017.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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.
Keywords : Ankle fracture, Korean Medicine therapy, Ankle-Hindfoot score, Case report, ORIF


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