In short The GenuTrain is a tried-and-tested component of the rehabilitation process following cruciate ligament surgery. Can thesupport’s effect be measured and how sustainable is this effect? Prof. Gisela Sole and Prof. Niels Hammer addressed these questions at the University of Otago, New Zealand.
- Patients who wore a support achieved measurably greater jumping distances in the horizontal hop.
- This effect reported in the initial test was maintained over six weeks until follow-up.
- A detailed survey of the subjects showed that they reported considerably less dysfunction, such as “locking” of the knee joint.
- The GenuTrain support promotes proprioception in the injured knee, thus improving the relevant neuromuscular control.
- The feeling of support and security makes patients feel confident about the function of their knee again.
- Physical activity remains absolutely essential for ACL patients to counteract functional weakness, but also to prevent gonarthrosis.
- Physiotherapeutic treatment concepts should also consider the following ten to 15 years to account for the risk of developing osteoarthritis.