Date of Degree

6-2016

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

D.P.T.

Program

Physical Therapy

Advisor

Michael Chiacchiero

Subject Categories

Physical Therapy

Keywords

motor imagery, total knee arthroplasty, TKA, ROM, pain, function

Abstract

The present study examined the potential of motor imagery training and investigated the role of motor imagery instructions (audio) to improve knee range of motion after a total knee replacement. The participants were randomly assigned to either an experimental motor imagery group (n=4) or a control group (n=6). Both groups performed specific exercises to improve their knee range of motion and strengthen their muscles. Participants in the Motor Imagery group performed a motor imagery training exercise for a knee flexion stretch on the stairs prior to performing the actual exercise. The motor imagery group demonstrated a significantly greater increase in knee range of motion when compared to the control group.

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