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Medicines 2014, 1(1), 12-21; doi:10.3390/medicines1010012
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Temperature Measurements in Rehabilitation in Patients with Completely Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament before and after RegentK and Physiotherapy

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1 Research Unit for Complementary and Integrative Laser Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 29, 8036 Graz, Austria 2 Research Unit of Biomedical Engineering in Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 29, 8036 Graz, Austria 3 TCM Research Center Graz, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 29, 8036 Graz, Austria 4 Department of Sports Physiology, University of Vienna, Auf der Schmelz 6, 1150 Vienna, Austria 5 Division of Cardiac Surgery, Department of Surgery, Medical University of Graz, Auenbruggerplatz 29, 8036 Graz, Austria
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Received: 26 May 2014 / Revised: 30 June 2014 / Accepted: 9 July 2014 / Published: 16 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Feature Papers)
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Abstract

Acute skin surface temperature effects on the knee were investigated after a manual therapy developed by Mohamed Khalifa (RegentK) compared to standard physiotherapy in patients with completely ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Twenty patients participated in this study. They were randomly assigned to group A (receiving RegentK) or group B (physiotherapy). Each group consisted of 10 patients. Temperature values were registered on four spots (three on the knee, one on the foot) of the injured and the healthy leg (control). Skin temperature increased significantly after RegentK on all sites of the injured leg, but after physiotherapy only the measurement spots on the knee showed significant increases. After RegentK the temperature had also increased significantly on the control leg, whereas in group B, the results were not significant. Experimental and clinical testing of technical equipment, e.g., infrared thermography, for ACL injuries is important for a better understanding of the different physiological/pathophysiological mechanisms underlying different therapy approaches.
Keywords: RegentK; Khalifa therapy; physiotherapy; anterior cruciate ligament; skin temperature; thermal imaging RegentK; Khalifa therapy; physiotherapy; anterior cruciate ligament; skin temperature; thermal imaging
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Litscher, G.; Litscher, D.; Ofner, M.; Gaischek, I.; Malliga, D.-E. Temperature Measurements in Rehabilitation in Patients with Completely Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament before and after RegentK and Physiotherapy. Medicines 2014, 1, 12-21.

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