Kneehab XP Thigh Muscle and Knee Rehabilitation System
The Kneehab XP Thigh Muscle and Knee Rehabilitation System provides advanced therapy for knee rehabilitation.The Kneehab XP Thigh Muscle and Knee Rehabilitation System is an innovative, clinically proven NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation) system that is designed specifically to strengthen the quadriceps and improve knee stability.
The Kneehab is used by professional sportsmen and sportswomen around the world, including Christopher Dean of figure skating excellence (read his testimonial here), professional footballer Colm O'Neill (read his testimonial here), and superbike supremo James Ellison (read James Ellison's testimonial here).
How Does The Kneehab XP Thigh Muscle and Knee Rehabilitation System Strengthen The Quadriceps and Knee?
The Kneehab XP Thigh Muscle and Knee Rehabilitation System works by re-educating and strengthening the quadriceps muscle through cycles of contraction and relaxation. The Kneehab XP Thigh Muscle and Knee Rehabilitation System can can be used to improve joint stability and treat quadriceps atrophy (thigh muscle wastage) resulting from a wide range of knee conditions including:
- Ligament injury
The Kneehab XP Thigh Muscle and Knee Rehabilitation System can be used to help avoid or delay surgery. Where surgery is required, the Kneehab XP Thigh Muscle and Knee Rehabilitation System can accelerate postoperative rehabilitation.
The Kneehab can assists in the following:
- Muscle re-education & strengthening of the quadriceps
- Pre and post-surgical quadriceps strengthening and improved knee stability
- Maintainence or increase in the range of motion of the knee joint
- Prevention or deceleration of disuse atrophy in the quadriceps
- Increase local blood circulation to decrease swelling.
Sizing Kneehab XP Thigh Muscle and Knee Rehabilitation System
Kneehab is a garment based ‘all-in-one’ product and is supplied in a universal size.
The Kneehab is supplied in either a right or left leg version. Please select the version that you require from the drop down menu above.
Once the Kneehab has been initially set up, simply apply to the knee to start the treatment.
Key Benefits of the Kneehab XP Thigh Muscle and Knee Rehabilitation System
The Kneehab XP Thigh Muscle and Knee Rehabilitation System has the following benefits:
- Easy to use - garment based (thigh wrap) ‘all-in-one’ product. Once it has been initially set up you just apply to the knee and start your treatment
- Targeted Stimulation – specifically targets the inner part of the quadriceps (the vastus medialis) which assists in the stabilisation of the knee
- Convenient – portable, making it ideal for use at home or at work. It can be used at a time that suits you and its design enables error-free, repeatable treatment
- Comfortable – Multipath stimulation technology enables the most comfortable contractions to assist recovery
- Clinically Proven* – speeds up recovery and helps you return to normal daily activities faster.
Clinical Information About Kneehab XP Thigh Muscle and Knee Rehabilitation System
A study on the effects of using Kneehab in a post ACL setting has been published in the June 2011 edition of the American Journal of Sports Medicine. The study, which may have a significant impact on patient outcomes, found that patients who utilise the Kneehab XP device to aid post operative rehabilitation:
- Achieve significantly better strength and functional results at each time point (6 weeks, 12 weeks and 6 months) in recovery
- Return to pre-operative knee extensor strength, and to strength of the uninvolved leg, within 12 weeks, attaining pre-operative shuttle run speed by week 6 – twice as fast as other groups in the study
- Return to work up to 7 days quicker (2.7 weeks vs 3.7 weeks) than patients who complete exercise rehabilitation alone
Click here to view the full Kneehab report.
According to an earlier study, published in the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders journal, using preoperative NMES may improve recovery of quadriceps muscle strength and expedite a return to normal activities in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty for osteoarthritis.
About Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
NMES (Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation) re-educates the muscle by sending gentle electrical pulses through conductive gel pads placed on the surface of the skin. This comfortable electrical stimulation applied to the motor nerve causes the muscle to contract, helping to strengthen and build up the muscle over time.
Kneehab XP incorporates Multipath, a patented breakthrough stimulation technology developed by Neurotech which enables Kneehab XP to deliver highly focused, accurately co-ordinated and comfortable quadriceps contractions.
"I injured my left knee while competing in the winter Olympic Games in Vancouver 2010. I had strained a ligament but the main problem was I had damaged the cartilage. I had surgery on my knee to remove a loose body which was floating around and place an artificial plug into the hole in my cartilage. I had already lost some muscle in my quad and the operation disrupted my whole knee quite a bit so I was unable to do anything with the leg for a whole two weeks, I couldn’t walk on it, bend it too far, I couldn’t even lift my leg without it hurting! As a professional athlete who is always active this didn’t make me feel very good at all, lying around not being able to do anything and knowing my muscles were getting weaker by the day. The one thing I could do was to keep my quad strong using Kneehab. It worked great at keeping my muscles going and kept me from feeling completely helpless as well. Once I was back up and walking I continued to use Kneehab until my leg was back to full strength again. It is a great piece of kit, no question it works wonder,s and I would recommend it to anyone with knee problems."
Zoe Gillings, Winter Olympian and Professional Snowboarder
Frequently Asked Questions About The Kneehab XP
Q: What should I do if treatment becomes uncomfortable?
A: Effective treatment should not cause undue discomfort. If treatment becomes painful, try lowering the intensity level slightly, then gradually build back up to previous level. If discomfort persists, neurotech® recommends that you contact your prescribing clinician who will advise you on usage of Kneehab XP to minimise discomfort.
Q: How often should I use Kneehab XP?
A: Your prescribing clinician will advise you on the duration of your treatment program.
Q: What should Kneehab XP feel like when operating?
A: When you switch Kneehab XP on and gradually increase the intensity, you will feel a mild, comfortable “tingling” or “buzzing” sensation in your quadriceps muscles. As you increase the intensity, the muscles will begin to contract.
Q: How often should I replace the adhesive electrodes?
A: This depends on a number of factors including skin type, storage conditions and regularity of use. As a general rule, however, with daily application the electrodes should last at least 4 weeks. If usage is less than this, replacement should be less frequent.
Q: What should I do if I experience an adverse reaction?
A: If any irritation, skin reaction, hypersensitivity or other adverse reaction is experienced, discontinue use and contact your prescribing clinician. A slight reddening of the skin is normal under the electrodes during and for a short time after treatment. This should disappear within approximately 30 minutes
Neurotech NMES and TENS devices can be safely and effectively used at home without medical supervision. Please read the instructions carefully, in particular the guidance on contra-indications and other precautions. We recommend that you consult a qualified medical professional before first starting a treatment regime with TENS or NMES, just to make sure there is nothing about your specific medical condition which would affect safety of use. Similarly, if your health status deteriorates in any way, we recommend you check back with your medical professional to see if it is safe to continue to use TENS or NMES.
You should always leave at least 6 hours between treatment sessions to reduce the potential for muscle fatigue. For hygiene reasons, the garment and electrodes are for single-person use only.