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BACKGROUND If anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction is to be performed, decision regarding graft choice and its fixation remains one of the most controversial. Multiple techniques for ACL reconstruction are available. To avoid disadvantages related to fixation devices, a hardware-free, press-fit ACL reconstruction technique was developed. The aim(More)
Background. The angular nail-plate is still one of the most common materials used in Poland to achieve union of the bone fragments in fractures of the proximal femur. The main goal of post-surgical rehabilitation is for the patient to recover locomotion and the ability to perform activities of daily living. Material and method. We examined 102 patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in patients aroused from prolonged coma after a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) treated by physiotherapists trained in the 'Academy of Life' programme. It was assumed that physiotherapists who acquired this knowledge and experience would create a better therapeutic milieu, and would be(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this paper is to present the physiotherapeutic program employed at the Rehabilitation Centre for the College of Physiotherapy in Wrocław, Poland and its effectiveness by demonstrating the increase in strength of knee joint extensor and flexor muscles of patients after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. MATERIAL/METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND The goal of this study was to evaluate the effect of physiotherapy on the strength of muscles responsible for tibial internal rotation (IR) in male patients after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR) using autografts of the semitendinosus and gracilis muscles (STGR). MATERIAL/METHODS Fifty-nine males were examined. The first group(More)
BACKGROUND. The aim of the study was to evaluate clinical outcomes and broadly defined quality of life in patients with hip osteoarthritis after short stem hip arthroplasty. MATERIAL AND METHODS. The study enrolled patients operated on at the Trauma and Orthopedics Department of St. Luke's Regional Hospital in Tarnów in the years 2008-2010. The experimental(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of our study was to evaluate a goal-driven strategic plan for the step-by-step rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients, with effectiveness measured in terms of quality of life, as compared to patients treated according to a standard, progressive rehabilitation program. MATERIAL/METHODS We studied 40 patients after(More)
BACKGROUND There has been little attention given to traumatic aphasia in recent neuropsychological literature. It is difficult to justify this relative neglect, however, since speech and language disturbances subsequent to traumatic brain injury (TBI) causa serious therapeutic difficulties. Hence the problems encountered by our patient, K.P., who had a(More)
BACKGROUND Improvement of the effectiveness and efficiency of chronic back pain therapy is a continuing challenge on an international scale. The aim of the present study was to tentatively assess mental health of patients with chronic back pain treated in primary care centers. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study enrolled 100 persons over 50 years of age. The(More)