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Dai W.-M.,Shanghai University of Sport | Dai W.-M.,Sport Medicine Institute of China Sport General Administration | Ding J.,Shanghai University of Sport | Ding J.,Sport Medicine Institute of China Sport General Administration | And 6 more authors.
Chinese Journal of Tissue Engineering Research | Year: 2015

BACKGROUND: Neuromuscular electrical stimulation is a method for promoting motor function recovery by muscle contraction induced by low-frequency pulse current stimulation. It has been verified that neuromuscular electrical stimulation can be used to treat damaged muscle, which can maintain muscle protein synthesis. Conflicting evidence exists regarding the effectiveness of neuromuscular electrical stimulation following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. OBJECTIVE: To evaluation the clinical efficacy of neuromuscular electrical stimulation on the recovery of muscle strength after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. METHODS: PubMed database and China National Knowledge Infrastructure were searched by the first author by computer for articles about the effects of different electrical stimulations on muscle strength after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction published from January 2000 to January 2015. The keywords were “ACL, neuromuscular electrical stimulation” in English and Chinese, respectively. Totally 92 articles were retrieved, but 30 articles met the inclusion criteria. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: Neuromuscular electrical stimulation can improve muscle strength, increase range of motion, reduce edema, reduce muscle atrophy, promote tissue healing and relieve pain, which can also have a positive impact on enzymatic activity in the muscle and can improve patient’s isokinetic muscle strength. The neuromuscular electrical stimulation is preferred after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, but its parameter settings for muscle strength recovery are quite different and to choose the right treatment is necessary. © 2015, Journal of Clinical Rehabilitative Tissue Engineering Research. All rights reserved. Source

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