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Vestibular Rehabilitation for Patients With Fall-related Wrist Fractures

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00988572
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 2, 2009
Last Update Posted : March 31, 2015
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Study Description
Brief Summary:

Dizziness has been identified as a risk factor for fall and vestibular asymmetry has been found among patients with fall-related wrist fractures as well as among patients with hip-fracture. Since wrist fracture is a risk factor for hip-fracture, much effort is focused on preventing falls for risk-groups. Therefore, it would be interesting to find out if it is possible to influence vestibular asymmetry with vestibular rehabilitation.

The aim of this study is therefore to find out if vestibular rehabilitation can have any effect on vestibular function among patients with fall-related wrist fracture.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Wrist Fractures Dizziness Other: Vestibular rehabilitation

Detailed Description:

Fall-related fractures are an increasing problem for the society. Almost 30% of persons over 65 years of age fall each year. In Sweden 627 persons out of 100 000 is treated in hospitals because of injury after a fall. In Malmö, the figure is 883 persons out of 100 000. However, not all falls lead to a fracture. Dizziness has been identified as a risk factor for fall and vestibular asymmetry has been found among patients with fall-related wrist fractures as well as among patients with hip-fracture.

Vestibular rehabilitation programs were first developed in the forties, originally used for peripheral vestibular disorder, in order to facilitate recovery. Modern research has widened the use of vestibular rehabilitation to patients with other causes of dizziness than peripheral vestibular disorders. Since wrist fracture is a risk factor for hip-fracture, much effort is focused on preventing falls for risk-groups. Therefore, it would be interesting to find out if it is possible to influence vestibular asymmetry with vestibular rehabilitation.

The aim of this study is therefore to find out if vestibular rehabilitation can have any effect on vestibular function among patients with fall-related wrist fracture.


Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 82 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Vestibular Rehabilitation for Patients With Fall-related Wrist Fractures - a Randomized Controlled Trial
Study Start Date : March 2009
Primary Completion Date : February 2013
Study Completion Date : March 2014

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Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Intervention group
Vestibular rehabilitation, twice a week for 9 weeks
Other: Vestibular rehabilitation
The intervention program comprises of vestibular rehabilitation, at group sessions, twice a week for 9 weeks. The program is described in detail in table 1. Vestibular rehabilitation aims to facilitate rearrangement and recruitment of the control capacities of the vestibular system, by letting the patient be exposed to unstable body positions, such as standing on foam and performing head, trunk or eye-movements.
No Intervention: Control group
The patients in the control group does nothing, except for normal treatment for their wrist fracture.


Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Vestibular function measured by head shake test [ Time Frame: At baseline and at follow-up after 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Analyze of gait using electronic walkway [ Time Frame: At baseline and at follow up after 3 months ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Fall-related wrist fracture
  • 50 years or older

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Younger than 50
  • Wrist fracture not related to fall
Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00988572


Locations
Sweden
Lund University, Dep Clin Sci in Malmö/Family Practice
Malmö, Sweden, 205 02
Sponsors and Collaborators
Lund University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Eva Ekvall Hansson, PhD Lund University
More Information

Publications:
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Responsible Party: Eva Ekvall Hansson, Associate professor, Lund University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00988572     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Radius
First Posted: October 2, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 31, 2015
Last Verified: March 2015

Keywords provided by Eva Ekvall Hansson, Lund University:
Wrist fractures
Vestibular asymmetry
Vestibular rehabilitation
Fall-related wrist fractures
Patients 50 years or older

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fractures, Bone
Dizziness
Wounds and Injuries
Sensation Disorders
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms