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Continuous Passive Motion in the Management of Heterotopic Ossification in a Brain Injured Patient

Linan, Enrique MD; O’Dell, Michael W. MD; Pierce, John M. PT

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: August 2001 - Volume 80 - Issue 8 - p 614-617
Case Report: Brain Injury
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Linan E, O’Dell MW, Pierce JM: Continuous passive motion in the management of heterotopic ossification in a brain injured patient. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2001;80:614–617.

We report a man admitted to inpatient rehabilitation 6 wk after traumatic brain injury, who presented with bilateral knee heterotopic ossification. In addition to conventional physical therapy, we applied a continuous passive motion device during 4 wk increasing the range of motion of the knees. On the basis of the limited current literature and this case, we suggest that the use of continuous passive motion devices for heterotopic ossification may be effective and safe and should be the subject of further study.

From the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, New York (EL); and the Regional Center for Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Southside Hospital, Bay Shore, New York (MWO, JMP).

Presented in part at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 60th Annual Assembly, Seattle, Washington, November 1998.

All correspondence and requests for reprints should be addressed to Enrique Linan, MD, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, 270-05 76th Avenue CH-005, New Hyde Park, NY 11040.

© 2001 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.