The Effects of Healing and Kinesthetic Motor Imagery on Outcomes of Physical Therapy Follwing Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery
Kramer, Holly M.
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A proposed study was presented that would compare the effects of healing and kinesthetic motor imagery on rehabilitation outcome following a torn ACL. Imagery use has improved recovery in a physical therapy setting; however, the efficacy of different modes of imagery is not well understood. It was predicted that healing imagery would be effective at reducing re-injury anxiety and pain in participants undergoing physical therapy for a torn ACL based on evidence of this in other health care settings, and that kinesthetic motor imagery would be effective at increasing knee strength since researchers have reported that motor imagery strengthens the brain regions and motor signals responsible for performing movement. It was predicted that imagery would generate a feeling of control over rehabilitation outcome and thus higher levels of self efficacy. Kinesthetic motor imagery may allow physical therapy patients to safely make gains in muscle strength at home without requiring special equipment. Healing imagery may improve the psychological well-being of the patient - a factor that has been found to be affected by injury and to negatively affect rehabilitation outcome.