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Reflex inhibition of the quadriceps femoris muscle after injury or reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament

PainSci » bibliography » Snyder-Mackler et al 1994
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A burst-superimposition technique was used to assess the strength of the quadriceps femoris muscle in three groups of patients. Group 1 comprised twenty patients who had had a torn anterior cruciate ligament of the knee and had a reconstruction of the ligament one to six months after the injury. Group 2 comprised twelve patients who had had a torn anterior cruciate ligament for an average of three months (a subacute tear). Group 3 comprised eight patients who had had a torn anterior cruciate ligament for an average of two years (a chronic tear). The patients in Groups 2 and 3 had not had an operation for the torn ligament. The patients in Groups 1 and 3 had no evidence of failure of activation of the involved quadriceps, but nine of the twelve patients in Group 2 had reflex inhibition of contraction of the muscle.

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