A Pilot Study on the Effects of Preoperative Physical Therapy in Adolescents and Young Adults Diagnosed With a Lower Extremity Malignancy
The intervention group will receive PT 3 times per week for 60 minutes each session. The
therapy sessions will include endurance, strengthening, and stretching exercises. Endurance
exercises will consist of ambulating with assistive devices as needed, using the upper
extremity (UE) ergometer, and/or playing the Wii. Strengthening exercises will involve both
UE's and LE's. For UE's, bicep curls, triceps curls, shoulder flexion, and/or press-ups
from the therapy mat or wheelchair will be included. For the LE's, bridging, long arc
quads, hamstring curls, calf raises in standing, single LE squats, and/or dorsiflexion (DF)
in supine will be performed on the uninvolved extremity. Resistance and exercise time will
be increased depending upon participant's tolerance. Stretching will consist of ankle
stretch into DF in supine or long sitting, hamstring stretch in supine with hip flexed to 90
degrees, and trunk extension in sitting.
To determine if individuals diagnosed with a malignancy of the LE can participate in a 10
week preoperative strengthening, stretching, and aerobic exercise regimen.
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Feasibility of a 10 week physical therapy intervention program
Determine if individuals diagnosed with a malignancy of the LE can participate in a 10 week preoperative strengthening, stretching, and aerobic exercise regimen. We will consider the study to be feasible if at least 60% of the patients are able to complete at least 50% of their scheduled PT sessions.
Up to 12 weeks post surgery
Angela M. Corr, PT, DPT
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
United States: Institutional Review Board
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