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J Mot Behav. 2017 Jan-Feb;49(1):27-34. doi: 10.1080/00222895.2016.1219303. Epub 2016 Oct 11.

Upper Extremity Proprioception After Stroke: Bridging the Gap Between Neuroscience and Rehabilitation.

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a Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Clinical Neurosciences , Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary , Calgary, Alberta , Canada.


Proprioception is an important aspect of function that is often impaired in the upper extremity following stroke. Unfortunately, neurorehabilitation has few evidence based treatment options for those with proprioceptive deficits. The authors consider potential reasons for this disparity. In doing so, typical assessments and proprioceptive intervention studies are discussed. Relevant evidence from the field of neuroscience is examined. Such evidence may be used to guide the development of targeted interventions for upper extremity proprioceptive deficits after stroke. As researchers become more aware of the impact of proprioceptive deficits on upper extremity motor performance after stroke, it is imperative to find successful rehabilitation interventions to target these deficits and ultimately improve daily function.


perception; proprioception; stroke; upper extremity

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