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Audio: Evidence into Practice: Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation of the Quadriceps Post Knee Surgery (Recorded)
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Presenters: Scott Stackhouse, PT, PhD

$75 Member | $120 Nonmember
No group rates are available.
0.2 CEUs (2 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
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Date Recorded:
May 2012
Date Published:
May 2012
Delivery Method:
  Audio Conference*

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Course Information

Quadriceps weakness is an impairment that is ubiquitous in the post-surgical knee. Strength in the quadriceps has been related to knee kinematics and kinetics and is frequently used as a progression criterion for post-ACL reconstruction rehabilitation. In people post total knee arthroplasty, strength loss and recovery is related to 6-minute walk distance and stair climbing performance. One issue c ommon to both post-ACL reconstruction and TKA patients is the protracted time it takes for quadriceps force production to return to pre-surgical levels, if ever. This course discusses the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) in conjunction with traditional exercise to regain quadriceps strength, with emphasis on the post-ACL reconstruction and TKA patient.

Join Scott Stackhouse as he discusses the appropriate parameters to conduct NMES, expected strength and functional outcomes, mechanisms for the improvement in strength with NMES, and accommodations for the type of surgical procedure performed.

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Upon completion of this audio conference, you will be able to:
  1. Identify the training parameters necessary for NMES to maximize quadriceps strength gains.

  2. Summarize well-controlled studies, which use NMES to enhance quadriceps strength post ACL reconstruction and TKA.

  3. Describe current hypothetical mechanisms that may contribute to NMES’s ability to enhance quadriceps strength gains.

  4. Construct NMES interventions that will accommodate knee surgical procedures outside of ACL reconstruction and TKA.

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Presenter Bio(s)

Scott K. Stackhouse, PT, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Arcadia University. He received a BA in biology-psychology from Franklin & Marshall College, a MSPT from Arcadia University, and PhD in biomechanics and movement science with a concentration in applied neuromuscular physiology from the University of Delaware. Stackhouse’s clinical experience has focused on outpatient neuromuscular and orthopedic populations, and his research has examined neuromuscular function in aging, in conditions such as cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury, and of the rotator cuff. He has 11 peer-reviewed publications and numerous scientific and invited presentations. Stackhouse has been funded by the Foundation for Physical Therapy and the PVA Research Foundation, and has received the Chattanooga Research Award from APTA and the Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Award for distinguished teaching from Arcadia University.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.2 CEUs (2 contact hours/CCUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380).

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 14S1967
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 2 Category B Hours
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.2 Units
  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Pennsylvania: Approved - 2 GEN

Please note: Licensees should verify with their state licensing board for acceptance of continuing education units by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.


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Course Completion Requirements

In order to successfully complete this course you must do the following:
  • Access the course to download and read the precourse articles.
  • Listen to the recorded live audio conference and Q&A session.
  • Once you have listened to the audio conference, return to the "My Course" page in the APTA Learning Center to take the posttest and claim CEUs.
  • You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
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Technical Requirements

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