The Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC) is seeking participants for a study to examine the benefits of an integrated orthosis and rehabilitation program that incorporates the Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (IDEO™) and the Return to Run (RTR) physical therapy program. Prospective participants must be service members or veterans who had a serious leg injury while on active duty two or more years ago, and who experience lingering foot and ankle weakness. The study will enroll 30 participants at each of three locations: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland; San Antonio Military Medical Center/Center for the Intrepid; and the U.S. Naval Medical Center San Diego. Participants must live or stay near their treatment center.
Eligibility will be determined through a questionnaire about the injury and any related limitations to the prospective participant’s activities of daily living, as well as a brief clinical exam. Each participant will be fitted with a custom IDEO, and several performance tests will be repeated over the course of the study, which is expected to continue over 12 months.
The study is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. The goal of the PRIORITI-MTF Study, which stands for Patient Response to an Integrated Orthotic and Rehabilitation Initiative for Traumatic Injuries – Military Treatment Facilities, is to help wounded service members and veterans recover from severe leg injuries and return to the activities they enjoy doing.
For details about participation requirements, or to complete the initial eligibility questionnaire, visit www.prioriti-mtf.org.