As we have said before, it is not often you see us utilizing a modality due to the lack of evidence. However, there are indeed certain situations with specific pathologies that warrant modality usage. John Snyder at orthopedicmanualpt.com recently did a literature review on the use of NMES for strengthening, especially following surgery. In the article, Snyder reviews the research behind weakness following surgery and studies performed showing strength gains with NMES + exercise. While NMES may play a role in your plan of care, we should be certain to include sufficient exercise as NMES alone is not as effective. For more information, check out the article!
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