Proprioceptive changes in the contralateral knee joint following anterior cruciate injury

Bone Joint J. 2013 Feb;95-B(2):188-91. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.95B2.30566.


Loss of proprioception following an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury has been well documented. We evaluated proprioception in both the injured and the uninjured limb in 25 patients with ACL injury and in 25 healthy controls, as assessed by joint position sense (JPS), the threshold for the detection of passive movement (TDPM) and postural sway during single-limb stance on a force plate. There were significant proprioceptive deficits in both ACL-deficient and uninjured knees compared with control knees, as assessed by the angle reproduction test (on JPS) and postural sway on single limb stance. The degree of loss of proprioception in the ACL-deficient knee and the unaffected contralateral knee joint in the same patient was similar. The TDPM in the injured knee was significantly higher than that of controls at 30° and 70° of flexion. The TDPM of the contralateral knee joint was not significantly different from that in controls. Based on these findings, the effect of proprioceptive training of the contralateral uninjured knee should be explored.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament / physiopathology
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries*
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / complications*
  • Knee Joint / physiopathology*
  • Somatosensory Disorders / etiology*
  • Weight-Bearing
  • Young Adult