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The effect of electrostimulation and high load exercises in patients with patellofemoral joint dysfunction. A preliminary report.
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PMID:  11678319     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Traditional conservative treatment for patellar disorders is successful in about 80 percents of cases. We introduced two new conservative treatment protocols for patellar pathology in order to further improve the success rate. The first protocol consisted of high load/low repetition quadriceps femoris training (10 patients) while the second enclosed selective electrostimulation of vastus medialis muscle (7 patients). Results were evaluated clinically and neurophysiologically. High load/low repetition training resulted in significant increase of maximal voluntary contraction of quadriceps muscle (P < 0.001). Significant gain of Activity (P = 0.017) and Kujala scores (P = 0.07) was observed in group with high load/low repetition quadriceps training compared to patients with electrostimulation. There was no significant change in neurophysiological or clinical status between the beginning and the end of treatment with electrostimulation. Our results indicate that high load/low repetition quadriceps femoris training poses an important alternative to traditional conservative treatment protocol for patellar disorders.
R Vengust; V Strojnik; V Pavlovcic; V Antolic; O Zupanc
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pflügers Archiv : European journal of physiology     Volume:  442     ISSN:  0031-6768     ISO Abbreviation:  Pflugers Arch.     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-10-25     Completed Date:  2002-03-21     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0154720     Medline TA:  Pflugers Arch     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  R153-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University Medical Centre, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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MeSH Terms
Dislocations / pathology,  rehabilitation,  therapy
Electric Stimulation
Electric Stimulation Therapy*
Exercise Therapy*
Joint Diseases / pathology,  rehabilitation,  therapy*
Knee Joint / pathology
Muscle Contraction
Muscle, Skeletal / physiology
Patella / pathology*
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