Group I afferent pathway contributes to functional knee stability

Friemert, Benedikt, Franke, S., Gollhofer, Albert, Claes, Lutz, & Faist, Michael (2010) Group I afferent pathway contributes to functional knee stability. Journal of Neurophysiology, 103(2), pp. 616-622.

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The hamstring reflex response has been suggested to play a substantial role in knee joint stabilization during anterior tibial translation. The present study was performed to determine which afferent pathways contribute to the hamstring reflex as well as the potential effects of specific afferent pathways on functional knee stability. Short- and medium-latency hamstring reflexes (SLR and MLR) were evoked by anterior tibial translation in 35 healthy subjects during standing with 30° knee flexion. Nerve cooling, tizanidine, and ischemia were employed to differentiate afferent pathways. Two hours of thigh cooling (n = 10) resulted in a significant increase in MLR latency and, to a lesser extent, SLR latency. No significant changes were recorded in reflex sizes or maximum tibial translation. The ingestion of tizanidine (n = 10), a suppressor of group II afferents, strongly reduced the MLR size while SLR size or latency of both reflex responses was not significantly affected. Maximum tibial translation was unchanged [5.3 ± 1.9 to 4.8 ± 2 (SD) mm; P = 0.410]. Ischemia in the thigh (n = 15) led to a highly significant depression in SLR size (89 ± 4%; P < 0.001) but only a slight and not significant decline of MLR size. In these subjects maximum tibial translation increased significantly (6.9 ± 1.6 to 9.4 ± 3.2 mm; P = 0.028). It is concluded that the hamstring SLR is mediated by Ia afferents, while group II afferents mainly contribute to the MLR. Suppression of SLR may increase maximum anterior tibial translation, thus indicating a possible functional role of Ia afferents in knee joint stabilization.

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ID Code: 45214
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Articles free to read on journal website after 12 months
DOI: 10.1152/jn.00172.2009
ISSN: 0022-3077
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NEUROSCIENCES (110900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > MEDICAL PHYSIOLOGY (111600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > COGNITIVE SCIENCE (170200)
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