Age related decline in proprioception

  • Skinner H
  • Barrack R
  • Cook S
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Abstract

Joint-position sense of the knee was measured in 29 subjects with normal knee joints ranging in age from 20 to 82 years. Joint-position sense was determined by two common techniques that measure the threshold to detection of motion and the ability to reproduce passive knee positioning. Joint-position sense was found to deteriorate with increasing age as measured by both tests, with a correlation coefficient that was significant at the p < 0.001 level for each test. The two tests were found to correlate at the p < 0.025 level, indicating that the same biologic parameter was being measured by both tests. Deterioration of proprioception, or joint-position sense, as measured may be a sensitive indicator of subclinical degenerative joint disease of the knee, as well as a means of quantitating proprioception in suspected neuropathic joints.

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  • ISSN: 0009-921X
  • PUI: 14128198
  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-0021166192
  • SGR: 0021166192

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  • H.B. Skinner

  • R.L. Barrack

  • S.D. Cook

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