The Effects of Ultrasound-Guided Adductor Canal Block Versus Femoral Nerve Block on Quadriceps Strength and Fall Risk A Blinded, Randomized Trial of Volunteers

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Kwofie M. K., Shastri U. D., Gadsden J. C., SINHA S. K., ABRAMS J. H., Xu D., ...More

REGIONAL ANESTHESIA AND PAIN MEDICINE, vol.38, no.4, pp.321-325, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Background and Objectives: Adductor canal block (ACB) has been suggested as an analgesic alternative to femoral nerve block (FNB) for procedures on the knee, but its effect on quadriceps motor function is unclear. We performed a randomized, blinded study to compare quadriceps strength following adductor canal versus FNB in volunteers. Our hypothesis was that quadriceps strength would be preserved following ACB, but not FNB. Secondary outcomes included relative preservation of hip adduction and degree of balance impairment.