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We designed a prospective study to examine the influence of graft type (hamstring or patella tendon) on thigh muscle torque recovery after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. 60 patients undergoing ACL reconstruction, using a hamstring or patella tendon graft, were studied and 45 were followed up to 1 year. Concentric and eccentric quadriceps and hamstring torque were recorded, using an isokinetic dynamometer preoperatively, 6 and 12 months after ACL reconstruction. We found an improvement in all muscle functions in both the operated and unoperated legs during the recovery period. Graft type had no effect on recovery. During the first 6 months, torque was restored to preoperative levels and continued to improve in all muscles and actions between 6 months and 1 year.

Original publication

DOI

10.1080/000164702321022820

Type

Journal article

Journal

Acta orthopaedica Scandinavica

Publication Date

10/2002

Volume

73

Pages

546 - 552

Addresses

Physiotherapy Research Unit, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust, Oxford, UK.

Keywords

Ligaments, Articular, Anterior Cruciate Ligament, Muscle, Skeletal, Tendons, Humans, Knee Injuries, Follow-Up Studies, Prospective Studies, Recovery of Function, Torque, Time Factors, Adult, Middle Aged, Female, Male, Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries