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Authors: Zübeyir Sari, Mine Gülden Polat, Bahar Özgül, Onur Aydogdu, Burcu Camcioglu, Ahmet Hakan Acar, Saadet Ufuk Yurdalan
Marmara University, Health Sciences Faculty, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Department, Istanbul, Turkey
& Dr. Lütfi Kırdar Kartal Education and Research Hospital, Burn and Wound Treatment Department, Istanbul, Turkey
Purpose: The aim of the present study was to investigate the use of matrix rhythm therapy (MRT=MaRhyThe) as one of the electrotherapeutic modalities in clinics.
Methods: This study was carried out in the Burn and Wound Treatment Department of Dr. Lütfi Kırdar Kartal Education and Research Hospital in Istanbul between October 2010 and August 2011. A treatment protocol including whirlpool, MRT(MaRhyThe) and exercise was applied to a group of patients who had burn injury of upper extremity. The evaluation of each patient included assessment of pain, range of motion, muscle strength, skin flexibility and sensory function at pre- and post-treatment.
Results: There was no significant difference in values of pain, muscle strength and flexibility between pre- and post-treatment assessments ( p > 0.05). A significant increase was found in the range of motion and sensory function at pre-treatment according to post-treatment ( p < 0.01).
Conclusion: The usage of MRT in order to maintain and improve the range of motion and to minimise the development of scar tissue was investigated in this study. We suggest conducting randomised controlled studies that carry out a comparison of the MRT with other treatment modalities with more cases and investigate the long-term effects of MRT.
To see the whole Study: The Application of matrix rhythm therapy as a new clinical modality in burn physiotherapy programmes
Burns, Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries, Elsevier, Volume 40, Issue 5, August 2014, Pages 909-914 Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd and ISBI.