A new Level-I investigation by Stocks et al. explores thigh pain after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Tourniquet use, intramedullary rod use, and quadriceps strain are evaluated.
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From the study:
“Thigh pain is relatively common after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and has been attributed to compression of the thigh muscles by the tourniquet used during surgery. Thigh pain that occurs after a TKA that was performed without a tourniquet may be due to a strain of the quadriceps muscle or insertion of the intramedullary (IM) rod. The purpose of the present study was to determine the cause of thigh pain after TKA in a randomized controlled trial evaluating tourniquet use, IM rod use, and quadriceps strain.”
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