Plenary Session 4
Proprioception and Neuromuscular Stability – It is not just about the wrist!
This keynote lecture will provide an update on the role of proprioception and neuromuscular activity on joint stability by reviewing current basic science research on mechanoreceptors and ligaments of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and thumb. The presenter will discuss the implications of this research on the demands of joint function as well as the implications for rehabilitation.
- The participant will be able to describe the role of proprioception and neuromuscular activity for joint stability for common functional demands of the joints of the upper extremity.
- The participant will be able to discuss the role of mechanoreceptors and innervations patterns in ligaments in both healthy and diseased or injured upper extremity joints.
- The participant will be able to identify and utilize rehabilitation strategies that may enhance joint stability for common conditions of the upper extremity such as carpal instability, and CMC arthritis.
Proprioceptive Reeducation for the Hand and Upper Limb
Using a case study approach, this panel will provide recommendations for the examination and treatment to restore dynamic stability and function to the elbow, wrist, and thumb. The presenters will emphasize examination techniques that can be used to determine the outcomes of the rehabilitation strategies used for proprioceptive and neuromuscular retraining.
- Describe and discuss concepts associated with proprioception and neuromuscular stability including kinesthesia and joint position sense.
- Identify examination techniques to determine the need for proprioceptive retraining and to evaluate patient outcomes of this intervention.
- Develop customized exercises to increase dynamic stability and/or decrease pain to improve function of unstable joints.