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Day: April 18, 2017

visual dominance process after a knee injury

The Effect of Knee Injury on the Brain

Physical Therapy Research   The connection between your knee, an injury, and the brain is not straightforward.  However, when you hurt your knee or any other joint there can be issues that lead to future problems. A recent article dove into this topic: Grooms D, Appelbaum G, Onate J. Neuroplasticity following anterior cruciate ligament injury: a framework for visual-motor training approaches in rehabilitation. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2015;45(5):381-393. ​Why is this important for physical therapy? The control of our body is dependent on three systems: visual, vestibular, and somatosensory.  The visual system contribution is obvious – the eyes.  Due to changes in information coming from the body (somatosensory) due to the ACL tear, the motor control system becomes more reliant on the eyes.   If we focus on retraining the body without disrupting this natural progression to visual dominance, the athlete will be at risk for injury as they progress to

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