Vestibular Rehabilitation for Patients With Fall-related Wrist Fractures

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Eva Ekvall Hansson, Lund University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00988572
First received: October 1, 2009
Last updated: March 17, 2014
Last verified: March 2014

October 1, 2009
March 17, 2014
March 2009
February 2013   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Vestibular function measured by head shake test [ Time Frame: At baseline and at follow-up after 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00988572 on ClinicalTrials.gov Archive Site
Analyze of gait using electronic walkway [ Time Frame: At baseline and at follow up after 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
Same as current
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Vestibular Rehabilitation for Patients With Fall-related Wrist Fractures
Vestibular Rehabilitation for Patients With Fall-related Wrist Fractures - a Randomized Controlled Trial

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.

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.

Interventional
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Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Wrist Fractures
  • Dizziness
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.
  • Experimental: Intervention group
    Vestibular rehabilitation, twice a week for 9 weeks
    Intervention: Other: Vestibular rehabilitation
  • No Intervention: Control group
    The patients in the control group does nothing, except for normal treatment for their wrist fracture.

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Completed
100
March 2014
February 2013   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Fall-related wrist fracture
  • 50 years or older

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Younger than 50
  • Wrist fracture not related to fall
Both
50 Years and older
No
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Sweden
 
NCT00988572
Radius
No
Eva Ekvall Hansson, Lund University
Lund University
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Principal Investigator: Eva Ekvall Hansson, PhD Lund University
Lund University
March 2014

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