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Comparison of Rehabilitation Methods in the Treatment of Patellar Tendinitis

Julie K. Wilson, Thomas L. Sevier, Robert Helfst, Eric W. Honing, and Aly Thomann

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 groups—traditional (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.