Efficacy of whole-body vibration on low bone density in post-burn patients
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Department of Physical Therapy for Surgery, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt
Submission date: 2020-02-11
Acceptance date: 2020-04-19
Publication date: 2021-06-21
Physiother Quart. 2021;29(2):38-43
To evaluate the effect of whole-body vibration on low bone mineral density in post-burn patients.

Thirty male post-burn patients were randomly divided into 2 groups. The study group received an intervention of whole-body vibration with following parameters: 30 Hz as vibration frequency, 4–7 mm as amplitude range, and 2.28 g as an acceleration, 3 times per week, 24 weeks, in addition to traditional physiotherapy (exercise program). The control group received traditional physiotherapy (exercise program) only. All patients in both groups were subjected to dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry before and after treatment to estimate the bone mineral density in the lumbar region.

There were significant increases in bone mineral density mean values in both groups (p < 0.05). Also, there was a significant increase in bone mineral density mean value in the study group compared with the control group (p < 0.05).

Whole-body vibration may have a beneficial effect on low bone mineral density in post-burn patients.

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