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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 74-79

Assessment of lumbar proprioception in participants with functional ankle instability: a cross-sectional study

Department of Basic Science for Physical Therapy, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

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Olfat Ibrahim Ali
Department of Basic Science for Physical Therapy, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University PT, 7 Ahmed Elzayad, Dokki, Giza 12613
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1110-6611.196780

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Background Functional ankle instability (FAI) represents 40–75% of residual disability after acute lateral ankle sprain. FAI has been associated with impaired muscle strength and postural and neuromuscular control. Purpose The aim of this study was to investigate the association between FAI and lumbar proprioception. Patients and methods Thirty individuals of both sexes (17 female and 13 male) were selected. The FAI group included 15 participants (nine female and six male) and the control group included 15 normal individuals (eight female and seven male). Lumbar proprioception was assessed using the Biodex system 3 pro isokinetic dynamometer. Results There was a significant increase in repositioning error in the FAI group compared with the control group (P<0.001). Conclusion There was an association between FAI and an increase in lumbar reposition error compared with healthy individuals. This effect should be considered in the rehabilitation protocol of patients with FAI.

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