Role of proprioception in pathoetiology of shoulder instability

Jon J.P. Warner, Scott Lephart, Freddie H. Fu

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Proprioception is a specialized sensory modality that gives information about extremity position and direction of movement. This kind of afferent sensory feedback is probably important in mediating muscular control of the shoulder joint. As this articulation is minimally constrained, such a coordinated dynamic control of muscles about the joint is necessary for stability during arm motion. The authors evaluated proprioception in individuals with normal shoulders, unstable shoulders, and after surgical stabilization, by assessing threshold to detection of passive motion and the ability to passively reposition the arm in space. In normal shoulders there is no difference between the dominant and nondominant shoulder, though in unstable shoulders there is a significantly decreased proprioceptive ability. Surgical stabilization normalizes proprioception of the shoulder.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-39
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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