Effects of reconstruction surgery and individualised rehabilitation on neuromuscular, sensorimotor and musculoskeletal performance in patients with anterior cruciate ligament deficiency
Yates, C. (2016) Effects of reconstruction surgery and individualised rehabilitation on neuromuscular, sensorimotor and musculoskeletal performance in patients with anterior cruciate ligament deficiency, no. 593.
CONTEXT: Rehabilitation following Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction (ACLR) benefits most patients electing ACLR surgery. Contemporary practice offers limited adaptation of the service to the needs of individual patients. This thesis focuses on a Randomised Control Trial (RCT) that evaluated the effects of a novel formulation of patient-centred musculoskeletal rehabilitation involving the Performance Profiling Technique (Butler and Hardy, 1992). Performance Profile Management (PPM), a programme of rehabilitation, was adapted to incorporate patient-physiotherapist negotiation and agreement on decisions for subsequent rehabilitation and treatment strategies. Therefore, the primary aim of the research was primarily to assess the efficacy of individually-tailored, self-managed rehabilitative care (PPM) in comparison to contemporary (CON) clinical practice. The latter would facilitate an understanding of patient needs and verify the circumstances in which rehabilitation might be enhanced by allowing individuals to play a key role in designing their treatment and recovery. A secondary clinical aim was to evaluate the strength of relationships amongst Patient-Based Outcome Measures (P-BOMs) and Clinician-Based Outcome Measures (C-BOMs). Currently, it is unknown which combination of outcome measures (P-BOMs or C-BOMs) delivers an optimum global assessment of functional and physical performance capabilities during patients' post-surgical rehabilitation. A clinically-relevant and significant association amongst P-BOMs and C-BOMs might indicate correct scaling of patients' own capability perceptions with those measured using objective assessment methods (C-BOMs) and endorse the utility for the clinical use of P-BOMs.