A Rehabilitation Protocol for High Tibial Osteotomy in Korean Medicine: A Report of 3 Cases

근위 경골 절골술 후 한방 재활치료 프로토콜을 적용한 재활치료의 임상적 효과: 증례 보고

  • Received : 2018.06.15
  • Accepted : 2018.07.09
  • Published : 2018.07.31


In this study, we propose a rehabilitation protocol involving Korean medicine for patients after high tibial osteotomy (HTO) and report its effectiveness. Three patients underwent HTO using the rehabilitation protocol involving Korean medicine. We estimated the outcome evaluating physical examination findings of the knee joint, numeric rating scale, pain disability index, Lysholm knee score, and walking state. After the treatment, we observed that knee movement and muscular strength were improved. In addition, the numeric rating scale, pain disability index, Lysholm knee score, and walking state of patients were improved. Therefore, a rehabilitation protocol involving Korean medicine can be effectively used for patients after HTO. The limitation of this study was the insufficient number of cases and the difficulty of follow-up because of the characteristics of this operation and the long periods of time that are needed for each phase of the protocol. Further studies are needed to design a rehabilitation protocol involving Korean medicine.


Tibia;Osteotomy;Rehabilitation;Traditional medicine


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