Rehabilitation after multiple fractures of olecranon process treated surgically. A case study

Joanna Bukowska, Magdalena Wilk-Frańczuk, Rafał Trąbka, Tomasz Maicki

J. Bukowska, M. Wilk-Frańczuk, R. Trąbka, T. Maicki – Rehabilitation after multiple fractures of olecranon process treated surgically. A case study. Fizjoterapia Polska 2019; 19(2); 106-114

Abstract
Goal of the study is to present a process and results of rehabilitation of a patient after fracture of elbow joint – a case study.
Materials and methods are shown basing on rehabilitation of a 23-year old female patient after fracture of the right olecranon process as a result of a bike fall. She was treated surgically by reposition and stabilization of the fracture by Weber’s wire. The rehabilitation started two weeks after the operation in an ambulatory conditions, after which the full range of motion in the joint was not achieved. Flexion and extension contracture, significantly limiting everyday activities, has been established. Subsequent cycles of intensive physiotherapy influenced improvement of joint function, pain reduction and allowed to achieve goals set in an individual physiotherapeutic plan. The recovery process in the presented case was long and lasted 2.5 years due to numerous complications treated surgically.
Results. Analysis of the process shows that main physiotherapeutic approach should be aimed at limitation of inflammation, pain reduction and achieving full range of motion in the elbow joint.
Conclusion. 1. Fractures of olecranon process lead to complications. 2. Rehabilitation after fractures of olecranon process should be early, intensive and individualized. 3. Presented programme of rehabilitation allowed recovery of lost functions.

Key words:
fracture of olecranon process, complications, arthrolysis, physiotherapy, contracture

 

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Comparison between the effectiveness of therapy using a high-frequency electromagnetic field and the therapy using ultrasound waves in the degenerative and overload diseases of the locomotor system

Lidia Kościelny, Krystyna Stanisz-Wallis, Bożena Latała, Magdalena Wilk-Frańczuk

L. Kościelny, K. Stanisz-Wallis, B. Latała, M. Wilk-Frańczuk – Comparison between the effectiveness of therapy using a high-frequency electromagnetic field and the therapy using ultrasound waves in the degenerative and overload diseases of the locomotor system. Fizjoterapia Polska 2018; 18(1); 6-13

Abstract

Objective. The objective of this study is to assess the effectiveness of treating degenerative diseases of the locomotor system using a high-frequency electromagnetic field in comparison with ultrasound treatment.
Materials and methods. 77 people aged 42-84 with exacerbation of pain ailments and limitation of motor skills resulting from degenerative diseases, were qualified for the study. The patients were divided into 3 groups. The following procedures were performed in group I (27 persons): cryotherapy, laser therapy and kinesiotherapy. The following procedures were performed in group II (27 persons): cryotherapy, laser therapy, ultrasounds and kinesiotherapy. The following procedures were performed in group III (23 persons): cryotherapy, laser therapy, high-frequency electromagnetic field, kinesiotherapy. The procedures were performed for 10 days in all the groups. There was applied the motor skill assessment survey and pain assessment. The tests were performed on the 1st and 10th day of the procedures.
Results. In each group, the treatment applied occurred to be effective, which was statistically relevant. In group III, the median difference was highest. Similarly, the change in pain was most significant in group III, the therapy using an electromagnetic field occurred most effective.
Conclusions. A significant difference between the initial and final pain was noted in the 3 tested groups. A significant difference in the level of pain appeared in the 3 tested groups. The higher effectiveness of electromagnetic field therapy was demonstrated.

Key words:
rehabilitation, degenerative lesions, physical therapy

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Evaluation of the therapeutic effects in the patients with the glenohumeral joint dysfunction treated according to Brian Mulligan concept and with the pectoral girdle muscle tapping as well as circumarticular injections

Mateusz Curyło, Katarzyna Cienkosz, Jan W. Sosnowski, Andrzej Szczygieł, Irena Szczepańska, Piotr Wróbel, Magdalena Wilk-Frańczuk,  Jan W. Raczkowski

M. Curyło, K. Cienkosz, J. W. Sosnowski, A. Szczygieł, I. Szczepańska, P. Wróbel, M. Wilk-Frańczuk,  J. W. Raczkowski – Evaluation of the therapeutic effects in the patients with the glenohumeral joint dysfunction treated according to Brian Mulligan concept and with the pectoral girdle muscle tapping as well as circumarticular injections. FP 2017; 17(1); 116-124

Abstract

Introduction. Sedentary lifestyle connected with the civilizational development and the work in sitting position cause glenohumeral joints dysfunction, most often in the form of overload-pain ailments.
Purpose of this study. The purpose of this study was to compare the physiotherapeutic effects with the application of mobilization with motion according to Brian Mulligan and the pectoral girdle muscle tapping, and the used circumarticular injections.
Material and Methods. The research included 27 patients. The first group (16 persons) was treated with the circumarticular injections of medicines of the corticosteroids group. In the second group (11 persons) the manual therapy according to Brian Mulligan’s concept and the muscle tapping were used. The examinations were performed before the therapy and after three weeks. The used measurements included the shoulder pain and disability index SPADI, provocative tests HIN, HIB, POP, Job, “painful arc” (70°-120°), “belly–press”, goniometric measurement and the subjective pain feeling at the night time. In order to check if the used therapy type had any effect on the upper limb function improvement, the statistical analysis was made in the variance with a_mixed scheme, where the inter-group factor was the type of therapy, and the intra-group factor was the measurement moment: before and after completion of the therapy. Data were processed using Microsoft Excel and Statistica software.
Results. The applied therapy methods influenced improvement of the glenohumeral joint movement range in both groups. The group 2 had better results in reduction of periodic pain ailments and sleep disturbances.
Conclusions. Both used therapeutic programs improves functioning and reduce pain ailments in the investigated group, however the use of 2 therapeutic techniques in the group 2, according to Mulligan’s concept and the muscle tapping, brought significantly greater improvement in the clinical condition evaluation and in the patients’ subjective assessment.

Key words:
painful shoulder syndrome, manual therapy, physiotherapy

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Assessment of life quality of women after mastectomy with consideration to physiotherapy process

Mateusz Curyło, Katarzyna Cienkosz, Agata Curyło, Piotr Wróbel, Magdalena Wilk-Frańczuk, Jan W. Raczkowski

M. Curyło, K. Cienkosz, A. Curyło, P. Wróbel, M. Wilk-Frańczuk, J. W. Raczkowski – Assessment of life quality of women after mastectomy with consideration to physiotherapy process. FP 2016; 16(3); 80-87

Abstract
Purpose of this study. Evaluation of the patient’s life quality after operational treatment of the breast cancer – mastectomy, and determination of any correlation between made rehabilitation and participation in a support group.
Material and methods. The research was conducted using a questionnaire that included open and closed questions, it had 25 questions concerning patient’s condition before and after operation.
Results. Most women use physiotherapy (88%) and support offered by Amazon Clubs (88%). The most popular form of rehabilitation appeared to be kinesiotherapy (94%) and massage (70%). It was observed that the upper limb at operated side had reduced efficiency, after operation as good it was assumed only by 16% of total. Most women stated that their emotional condition had not changed after operation (32%) or slightly worsen (24%). None of the women declared lack of acceptance for their condition after amputation. As many as 48% did not seen any influence of the mastectomy on the quality of life, and for 36% the change was negative.
Conclusions. It may not be clearly stated if bigger influence on the self assessment of the quality of life has directly only physiotherapy or the Amazon Club that builds so important psychosocial relations, it proves complexity of the rehabilitation treatment. It is required to combine oncologic treatment with physiotherapeutic procedures and activity of social organizations, as all these aspects have beneficial influence on the women’s self-esteem after mastectomy.

Key words:
cancer, mastectomy, mammary gland, rehabilitation, life quality

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