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Comparison of Rehabilitation Methods in the Treatment of Patellar Tendinitis

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It’s doubtful that this tiny trial was actually of high quality. However, it is notable for being one of the only clinical trials of provocation therapy with instrument massage, and the results were positive. Noted … with a huge grain of salt.

~ Paul Ingraham

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OBJECTIVE: To compare outcomes of 2 rehabilitation protocols on patellar tendinitis subjects.

DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, blinded, controlled clinical trial.

SETTING: Outpatient rehabilitation clinic.

SUBJECTS: Randomized into 2 rehabilitation groupsÑtraditional (n = 10) and ASTM AdvantEDGE (n = 10).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Clinical data and self-reported questionnaires collected at 0, 6, and 12 weeks.

RESULTS: On completion of the 6th week, 100% of the ASTM AdvantEDGE group and 60% of the traditional group had resolved. The unresolved subjects were crossed over to the ASTM AdvantEDGE for additional therapy. At the end of the additional therapy, 50% of the crossover subjects had resolved. The ASTM AdvantEDGE group's clinical outcomes and weekly journals indicated a statistically significant (P = .04) improvement in subjective pain and functional-impairment ratings.

CONCLUSIONS: Findings suggest that ASTM AdvantEDGE resulted in improved clinical outcomes in treating patellar tendinitis.

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