Leg extension test, sEMG and vibratory stimuli to assess functional recovery following knee joint surgery

Calogero Foti, Alessandro Laurini, Simone Tiberti, Giancarlo Carli, Olga Tsarpela, Kostas Adamidis, Marco Bonifazi, Arrigo Giombini, Joszef Tihanyi, Serge von Duvillard, Marilena De Vita, Carmelo Bosco

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Abstract

Objective: the purpose of this study was to introduce new procedure to determine the magnitude of functional recovery after knee surgery. Design: we compared the performance in the leg extension test and the response in the sEMG activity to vibration in the operated to the non-operated leg. Thirty-eight patients with knee operation and 14 healthy subjects participated in these experiments. Results: during leg extension test, the mechanical power of the operated leg showed a lower value (P<0.001) than the contralateral one, while no differences were noted in the sEMG activity. The sEMG activity during vibration treatment was higher in the operated compared to non-operated leg (P<0.001). It has been suggested that the reduced motility trigger functional adaptations that are exhibited via the vibration test. Conclusions: results of our study suggest that combination of vibration and sEMG recordings may detect the impairment as well as monitoring progress of the rehabilitation programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-132
Number of pages6
JournalMuscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
Volume2
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - ápr. 1 2012

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  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Foti, C., Laurini, A., Tiberti, S., Carli, G., Tsarpela, O., Adamidis, K., Bonifazi, M., Giombini, A., Tihanyi, J., von Duvillard, S., De Vita, M., & Bosco, C. (2012). Leg extension test, sEMG and vibratory stimuli to assess functional recovery following knee joint surgery. Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal, 2(2), 127-132.