Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery

, Volume 121, Issue 7, pp 422–425

Shoulder proprioception: a comparison between the shoulder joint in healthy and surgically repaired shoulders

Authors

  • T. Aydin
    • Department of Sports Medicine, Gülhane Military Medicine Academy, 06018 Etlik, Ankara, Turkey e-mail: taydin@gata.edu.tr, Tel.: +90-312-3044576, Fax: +90-312-3044608
  • Yavuz Yildiz
    • Department of Sports Medicine, Gülhane Military Medicine Academy, 06018 Etlik, Ankara, Turkey e-mail: taydin@gata.edu.tr, Tel.: +90-312-3044576, Fax: +90-312-3044608
  • İbrahim Yanmis
    • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Gülhane Military Medicine Academy, Ankara, Turkey 06018
  • Cemil Yildiz
    • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Gülhane Military Medicine Academy, Ankara, Turkey 06018
  • Tunc A. Kalyon
    • Department of Sports Medicine, Gülhane Military Medicine Academy, 06018 Etlik, Ankara, Turkey e-mail: taydin@gata.edu.tr, Tel.: +90-312-3044576, Fax: +90-312-3044608
Clinical and experimental forum

DOI: 10.1007/s004020000245

Cite this article as:
Aydin, T., Yildiz, Y., Yanmis, İ. et al. Arch Orth Traum Surg (2001) 121: 422. doi:10.1007/s004020000245

Abstract

Proprioceptive mechanisms appear to play a role in stabilizing the glenohumeral joint and may serve as a means for interplay between the static stabilizers and the dynamic muscle restraints. The aim of this study was to investigate proprioception of the joint in healthy and surgically repaired shoulders. Shoulder proprioception was measured in 44 subjects who were assigned to two experimental groups: group 1, healthy subjects (n = 24); and group 2, patients who have undergone surgical reconstruction (n = 20). Joint position sense was measured with a Cybex NORM isokinetic dynamometer. The results revealed no significant differences in proprioception between the dominant and nondominant shoulders in group 1. No significant mean differences were revealed between the surgical and contralateral shoulder in group 2 under any test condition. These results imply that arm dominance in healthy individuals does not influence the proprioceptive sensibility and that reconstructive surgery appears to restore some of these proprioception characteristics.

Keywords ProprioceptionShoulder jointJointposition senseIsokinetic systemSurgery

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