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Amy J. Litterini



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Patellar fractures account for approximately 1% of all fractures and are most common in people who are 20 to 50 years old. Comminuted patellar fractures occur when the bone shatters into three or more pieces and is usually caused by a direct blow to the knee. Open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgery is typically needed if the bone is broken into three or more pieces near the center of the patella. Quadriceps weakness is common following this type of injury and surgery, and the literature reflects varying opinions as to what is the best method for regaining strength. The purpose of this case report was to examine the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) in conjunction with traditional exercises for strengthening the quadriceps following atrophy status post ORIF surgery for a comminuted patellar fracture.

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The case report paper for this poster can be found here:


Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation And Quadriceps Strength Following Patellar Fracture And Open Reduction Internal Fixation Surgery: A Case Report



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