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Effects of Wii balance board exercises on balance after posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

  • Urška PuhEmail author
  • Nia Majcen
  • Sonja Hlebš
  • Darja Rugelj
Knee

Abstract

Purpose

To establish the effects of training on Wii balance board (WBB) after posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) reconstruction on balance.

Methods

Included patient injured her posterior cruciate ligament 22 months prior to the study. Training on WBB was performed 4 weeks, 6 times per week, 30–45 min per day. Center of pressure (CoP) sway during parallel and one-leg stance, and body weight distribution in parallel stance were measured. Additionally, measurements of joint range of motion and limb circumferences were taken before and after training.

Results

After training, the body weight was almost equally distributed on both legs. Decrease in CoP sway was most significant for one-leg stance with each leg on compliant surface with eyes open and closed. The knee joint range of motion increased and limb circumferences decreased.

Conclusion

According to the results of this single case report, we might recommend the use of WBB for balance training after PCL reconstruction.

Level of evidence

Case series with no comparison group, Level IV.

Keywords

Posterior cruciate ligament Lower limb Physiotherapy Virtual reality Balance 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Urška Puh
    • 1
  • Nia Majcen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Sonja Hlebš
    • 1
  • Darja Rugelj
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health SciencesUniversity of LjubljanaLjubljanaSlovenia
  2. 2.Celje General HospitalCeljeSlovenia

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