Ankle Proprioception Pattern in Women Across Various Trimesters of Pregnancy and Postpartum

Ramachandra, Preetha and Maiya, Arun G and Kumar, Pratap and Kamath, Asha (2015) Ankle Proprioception Pattern in Women Across Various Trimesters of Pregnancy and Postpartum. Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences, 15 (4). ISSN 0972-5997

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Background and Objectives: Ankle foot complex is the part of the body which is in contact with the ground and it is important to have an intact proprioceptive system in order to maintain postural control. Previous study has established that there is significant difference between ankle proprioception in pregnant women in their third trimester and non-pregnant women. There is lack of literature regarding when the ankle does the ankle proprioception gets affected during pregnancy and whether this change reverts back during postpartum and hence this study. Method: A cohort of 70 primiparous women were included in the study and the women were followed through 12th week, 24th week, 32nd week , immediate postpartum and 6 weeks postpartum. The ankle repositioning error was measured using photography method and was analyzed using UTHSCSA Image tool software. Repeated measures ANOVA was used to measure the differences across various time periods. Results: It was found that there was a significant differences (p<0.001) in ankle repositioning error in pregnant women across the trimesters and in the postpartum period and the value did not reach the first trimester value even after six weeks postpartum. Conclusion: Ankle proprioception was significantly affected across the various trimesters of pregnancy with the peak variability observed in the third trimester and the value did not reach back to the first trimester value even after 6 weeks postpartum.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pregnancy; Reposition error; Falls.
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Physiotherapy
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2016 09:39
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2016 09:39

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