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Anti-inflammatory brace technology has demonstrated superior clinical outcomes in the management of knee osteoarthritis and accelerate recovery time for Major League Soccer players. Authors have postulated that embedding germanium into cotton garments increases circulation and augments the inflammatory process through a transdermal micro-electromagnetic field. In addition to immunomodulatory effects, knee braces immobilize and stabilize the joint through tactile feedback from the skin. Thus, a germanium-embedded knee brace may provide inflammatory control to augment pain and edema while concomitantly enhancing proprioception. ACL Reconstruction rehabilitation goals during the acute post-operative phase include diminishment of pain and edema as well as restoration of knee range-of-motion. The presented study intends to assess the impact of a germanium-embedded knee brace on patient recovery after ACL reconstruction. Single-center blinded randomized controlled clinical trial to study effectiveness of germanium-infused knee brace on rehabilitation in patient population undergoing ACL reconstruction. Patients will be randomized into germanium-infused knee brace group and compared to a replica knee brace group. Inclusion criteria will include skeletally mature individuals undergoing primary ACL reconstruction. Exclusion criteria will include autoimmune disorders and history of surgery on ipsilateral joint. The presented protocol intends to assess the impact of a germanium-embedded knee brace on patient recovery after ACL reconstruction. The primary outcome measure was chosen for its implications for the design and conduct of the study,1 including well-validated outcome instrument for comparison, facilitation of a priori power analysis, randomization, and blinding. Secondary outcomes were chosen for their pertinence to surgeon decision-making during patient rehabilitation.

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Study Design

Related Conditions & MeSH terms

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries

NCT number NCT05068297
Study type Interventional
Source Total Sports Medicine & Orthopedics
Contact Shanthan C Challa, MD
Phone 7024998579
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date October 1, 2021
Completion date October 1, 2022

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