Massage therapy may reduce pain, anxiety after surgery for tibial shaft fracture

Healio.com
April 08, 2019
By Healio.com

  • In all, 66 patients who underwent a tibial shaft fracture surgery were enrolled and randomly assigned to intervention and control groups (33 patients each).
  • Results showed reduction in pain and anxiety among patients who underwent massage therapy after surgery for a tibial shaft fracture.
  • "Massage therapy as a feasible and acceptable intervention after surgery reduced pain and anxiety in patients who underwent a tibial shaft fracture surgery; therefore, using this intervention is suggested in clinical practice, especially in an orthopedic setting," the authors wrote.

Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma: December 2018 - Volume 32 - Issue 12 - p e482–e486  doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000001320

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