Original Article

Rheumatology International

, Volume 28, Issue 10, pp 995-1000

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Evaluation of knee proprioception and effects of proprioception exercise in patients with benign joint hypermobility syndrome

  • Nilay SahinAffiliated withMeram Faculty of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Selcuk University Email author 
  • , Akin BaskentAffiliated withIstanbul Faculty of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Istanbul University
  • , Aysegul CakmakAffiliated withIstanbul Faculty of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Istanbul University
  • , Ali SalliAffiliated withMeram Faculty of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Selcuk University
  • , Hatice UgurluAffiliated withMeram Faculty of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Selcuk University
  • , Ender BerkerAffiliated withPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Vehbi Koc Foundation, American Hospital

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Abstract

The first aim is to show if there is a disorder in proprioception in cases with benign joint hypermobility syndrome (BJHS) when compared to healthy subjects. The second aim is to evaluate the effect of proprioception exercise in BJHS cases. To evaluate the proprioceptive sensibility of the knee joint with 40 BJHS and 30 healthy subjects enrolled in the study. Then, cases with BJHS were randomized into two groups; proprioceptive exercises were applied to 15 patients for 8 weeks in clinic and 25 patients were taken as controls. Outcome measures included proprioceptive sensation, AIMS2 and VAS. Proprioception is significantly impaired in cases with BJHS. In BJHS group, significant decreases in VAS levels were detected in cases who did exercise compared with cases who did not, and statistically significant improvements were detected in occupational activity. For this reason proprioception exercises cause decrease in pain and improvement of functional status in BJHS group.

Keywords

Proprioception Hypermobility syndrome Exercise Knee Isokinetic