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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Quadriceps Strain and TKA: Contribution of the Tourniquet and Intramedullary Rod to Postoperative Thigh Pain. A Randomized Controlled Trial 

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.” 

Explore More Knee Content at JBJS Video 

High-quality orthopaedic video content is now available, and easily searchable, at the new JBJS Video at JBJS.org. This gold-standard video content is freely available to all registered users until April 15, 2023. Search by subspecialty, anatomy, or procedure. You can also access JBJS Video Abstracts, Author Insights, JBJS Infographics, and more media content through this new JBJS Media section of the JBJS.org site.  

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