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Effects of Multipath Electrical Stimulation on the Functional Recovery of Early Stage Patients of Total Knee Arthroplasty
J Korean Soc Phys Med 2018;13(1):107-119
Published online February 28, 2018;
© 2018 Korean Society of Physical Medicine.

Min-Young Lee, PT, MS⋅Young-Jun Shin, PT, MS⋅Myoung-Kwon Kim, PT, PhD

Dept. of Physical Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Daegu University
Received January 12, 2018; Revised January 29, 2018; Accepted February 7, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
PURPOSE: This research was intended to investigate the influence to function recovery at the early stage after surgery, by conducting Multipath Electrical Simulation and isometric exercise treatment as early stage medical treatment method for Total knee arthroplasty patients.
METHODS: The subject of 30 patients having Unilateral Total knee arthroplasty over age 65, Multipath Electrical Simulation and isometric exercise (experiment groupⅠ), Conventional Electrical Simulation and isometric exercise (experiment group Ⅱ) and isometric exercise (control group). The intervention was performed in 5 times per a week and 60 minutes per a day during 4 weeks. We performed research by conducting Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation and isometric exercise together and measured pain, range of motion, muscle strength and gait ability before and after intervention.
RESULTS: The result showed therapeutic improvement in experiment group Ⅰ, experiment group Ⅱ and control group, but Multipath Electrical Simulation and isometric exercise showed significant improvement in function recovery of early stage compared to Conventional Electrical Simulation and isometric exercise, only isometric exercise.
CONCLUSION: Based on research result, in order for early state function recovery of Total knee arthroplasty patients, when conducting neuromuscular electrical stimulation and isometric exercise together, especially when applying Multipath Electrical Stimulation, we could know that it showed more significant improvement to function recovery after surgery. Also, we suggest that Multipath Electrical Simulation may become a useful tool as a method for intervention and performing in various diseases for weakening of Quadriceps muscle.
Keywords : Arthroplasty, Electrical stimulation, Recovery of function

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