Background Proprioception is a deep perception which constitutes kinesthesia and position sense. In particular, it is extremely affected due to cartilage degeneration in patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee (1–3). Although exercise treatment is suggested as an effective method in OA, there is no study that investigates the effects of clinical pilates exercises on proprioception in patients with OA of the knee.
Objectives The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of clinical pilates exercises on kinesthesia and position sense in patients with knee OA.
Methods 39 patients with knee osteoarthritis defined as Kellgren-Lawrence (K-L) grade1 and 2 at mean age 55.95± 5.54 years and disease duration 6.59± 3.15 years were participated in this study (Control group; 20 patients, Exercise group; 19 patients). Exercise group attended in clinical pilates exercises sessions for three times a week (one hour session) during ten weeks. Kinesthesia and position sense were assessed with PMS-1000 Proprioception Test, Sport Expert Proprioceptional Sports Tech. Instrument. All measurements were repeated after ten weeks.
Results Although the kinesthesia perception of patients improved (p<0.05), position sense did not improve in exercise group (p>0.05). There were no improvements in control group according to pre- and post-treatment values.
Conclusions As a conclusion, clinical pilates exercises should be kept in mind in terms of kinesthesia in patients with OA of the knee. We recommended that in further OA-related-studies using clinical pilates exercises, position sense should be examined in more detail.
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Disclosure of Interest None declared