Proprioception is the ability to sense the position and movement of a joint in space and it is a key component of balance and knee joint stability.
Following injury or surgery to the knee proprioception is often impaired and needs to be 'retrained'.
Generally, proprioceptive exercises tend to be introduced through balance training and are progressed in the following ways:
It is essential that more functional, dynamic balance tests are incorporated into the rehabilitation program. This involves working on muscular control in activities such as stair descending, walking, rising from a chair, and, in the later stages of rehabilitation, running, hopping and jumping.
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