Last updated on December 2018

Patella Fracture : A Randomized Controlled Trial


Brief description of study

This is a multi-centre, randomized controlled trial comparing operative and non operative treatment for displaced patella fractures in elderly, low-demand patients.

Detailed Study Description

Patients with a displaced patellar fracture who meet the inclusion criteria and provide consent will be randomized to one of the two treatment arms. One group (Group A) will receive standardized non-operative treatment with immediate weight-bearing as tolerated in a knee immobilizer and early ROM exercises begun at 2 weeks post injury. The other group (Group B) will receive ORIF of their displaced patellar fracture with a standardized post-operative protocol.

Post-operative rehabilitation will be standardized across both groups. Patients will be weight bearing as tolerated immediately in a removable knee immobilizer, with progressive range-of-motion exercises begun at two weeks following surgery or randomization. The knee immobilizer will be used full-time (with the exception of removal for physiotherapy and bathing) for 6 weeks after surgery or randomization. At six weeks post-treatment, patients will be allowed to perform active extension and will initiate progressive strengthening exercises of the extensor mechanism.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03445819

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