Does hydrotherapy help improve post ankle fracture symptoms?
Report By: Laura Hay - Senior Specialist Physiotherapist
Institution: Manchester Royal Infirmary
Date Submitted: 2nd October 2012
Date Completed: 30th August 2013
Last Modified: 30th August 2013
Status: Green (complete)
Three Part Question
In [adults presenting with pain and reduced function after sustaining an ankle fracture who have been managed either conservatively or surgically] will [hydrotherapy] improve [pain and function]
In the physiotherapy department you see two 50-year-old female patients who have both sustained ankle fractures 12 weeks ago and are mobilising with crutches. One has been conservatively managed and the other has had an open reduction–internal fixation. You wonder whether hydrotherapy would be a viable treatment option for either patient. A literature search is required in order to ascertain whether hydrotherapy is an appropriate intervention for either patient.
AMED 1985 to June 2013
Embase 1980 to 2013 Week 24
Ovid MEDLINE 1946 to June Week 2 2013
[lower limb.mp OR ankle.mp OR talar.mp OR Weber.mp OR Plafond.mp OR tibia$.mp OR fibula$.mp] AND fracture$.mp] AND [hydrotherap$.mp]
Twelve studies were found, none of which were appropriate to answer the three-part question
Clinical Bottom Line
At present there is a dearth of evidence to answer the clinical question.