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Minerva Ortopedica e Traumatologica 2010 October;61(5):373-80

language: Italian

Preliminary comparative randomized blind study on pain reduction after Acl recon-struction with Nexus-ES® Knee Band

Giannini E. M. 1, Michelotti M. 2

1 Centro di Scienze Motorie e Riabilitazione Funzionale "Kinetik", Pisa
2 Casa di Cura San Rossore, Pisa


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Aim. Actually rehabilitation following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction aims to an even faster time for full recovery. The aim of this study was to verify whether electromagnetic fields produced by a special, registered fiber, enriched with extremely light, noble metals with conductive propriety could reduce the postoperative pain.
Methods. Sixty-one patients, attending at the same rehabilitation centre, after the same operation, performed by the same surgeon have been randomized in two groups: the first group (26) used the knee-band Nexus ES® and the control group (35) used a knee-band indistinguishable for the patients.
Results. As expected, pain (measured by a 0-10 VAS) decreases in both groups from period A (1-3 days after operation) to period B (8-10 days after operation). Differences between groups appear statistically significant 1-3 days after operation (25%), but more clearly 8-10 days after operation (68%), with a lower pain perception in the Nexus ES® group. No adverse events have been reported in the course of the study.
Conclusion. Data collected are preliminary but show a statistical significant difference between the groups during the rehabilitation period; patients in the active group show a lower pain perception after operation through an improvement of tissue exchanges and oxygenation.

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