Proprioception in Above-the-Knee Amputees with Artificial Limbs release_tromzlotxzfutej4cxilbnbsty

by E. P. Latanioti, A. G. Angoules, E. C. Boutsikari

Published in The Scientific World Journal by Hindawi Limited.

2013   Volume 2013, p1-5


<jats:italic>Purpose</jats:italic>. To evaluate the lower limb proprioceptive sensation in patients with femoral amputation who received an artificial joint.<jats:italic>Materials and Methods</jats:italic>. 22 patients (18 men, 4 women), 24–65 years old (mean: 42), who had undergone above-the-knee joint amputation and underwent evaluation of proprioception using joint reposition in a predetermined angle of 15° knee flexion. The measurements were applied using a conventional goniometer to both amputated and healthy knees. The last ones were used as internal control. All patients performed an active knee flexion from hyperextension to 15° in a closed kinetic chain in order to evaluate proprioceptive sensation of the knee joint using the joint position sense (JPS) method during specific controllable circumstances very close to normal gait.<jats:italic>Results</jats:italic>. JPS at 15° flexion for the amputated knee was calculated to be equal to 13.91 (SD = ±4.74), and for the healthy side it was equal to 14.15 (SD = ±2.61). No statistically significant differences were detected between the amputated and the healthy limb (<mml:math xmlns:mml="" id="M1"><mml:mrow><mml:mi>P</mml:mi><mml:mo>&gt;</mml:mo><mml:mn>0.05</mml:mn></mml:mrow></mml:math>).<jats:italic>Conclusions</jats:italic>. The proprioceptive information of the stumps did not appear to be affected significantly after thigh amputation and application of artificial prosthesis when JPS at 15° was evaluated. It seems that these patients compensate the loss of the knee sensory receptors via alternative mechanisms.
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