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J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2008 Jan-Feb;17(1 Suppl):72S-81S. Epub 2007 Nov 26.

Poorer elbow proprioception in patients with lateral epicondylitis than in healthy controls: a cross-sectional study.

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Department of Orthopaedic Medicine and Rehabilitation, University Hospital of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. birgit.juul.kristensen@rh.regionh.dk

Abstract

Two groups of women, 15 patients with lateral epicondylitis and 21 healthy controls, were studied to compare proprioception in the elbows and knees between the groups. Outcome measures were absolute error and variable error for joint position sense and for threshold to detection of a passive movement. Both absolute error and variable error of threshold to detection of a passive movement were greater in the lateral epicondylitis-diagnosed elbows than in the controls' elbows (lateral epicondylitis, 1.8 degrees vs controls 1.1 degrees, P = .026; lateral epicondylitis, 0.8 degrees vs controls 0.3 degrees, P = .015), and there was a tendency toward a greater absolute error of joint position sense compared with the control elbows (lateral epicondylitis, 8.2 degrees vs controls, 5.6 degrees; P = .078). Absolute error of joint position sense was greater in the elbows than in the knees of the lateral epicondylitis patients, but no group differences were found for knees. Proprioception seems, therefore, to be poorer in elbows with lateral epicondylitis elbows than in the controls' elbows. This needs to be taken into consideration in the management of lateral epicondylitis.

PMID:
18036844
DOI:
10.1016/j.jse.2007.07.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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