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Pain, proprioception and motor behavior in knee OA

Can pain influence the proprioception and the motor behavior in subjects with mild and moderate knee OA?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is usually characterized by pain, and associated with reduced muscle strength, disability and progressive loss of function. The aim of the study was to identify the levels of pain, the proprioceptive acuity and the pattern of muscle recruitment during stair ascent and descent in elderly patients (n=31) with mild and moderate osteoarthritis (OA) compared to healthy subjects (n=11).

Pain did not cause a significant change in the pattern of muscle recruitment during a task of climbing up and down stairs, and no change in the proprioceptive acuity

> From: De Oliveira et al., BMC Musculoskelet Disord 15 (2014-10-13 07:35:13) 321 . All rights reserved to The Author(s); published under the Creative Commons Attribution License. Click here for the online summary.

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