1. Cantero-Tellez, Raquel PhD, PT, OT
  2. Garcia-Orza, Santiago MD
  3. Sanchez Romero, Eleuterio A. PhD, MSc, PT
  4. Battaglino, Andrea MSc, PT, OT
  5. Cruz-Gambero, Leire Msc, OT
  6. Cuadros-Romero, Miguel MD, PhD


Background: Force sense is described as the ability to reproduce a desired level of strength. An adequate sensation of the muscular thumb effort allows us to be able to carry out activities of daily life.


Objective: The primary objective of the present study was to evaluate the impact of a proprioceptive exercise program on the force sense for carpometacarpal joint.


Methods: A total of 17 elderly women with a diagnosis of carpometacarpal joint osteoarthritis in their dominant hand participated in the study. Mean pinch force errors were measured at basal, 4, and 12 weeks of treatment.


Results: Statistically significant differences in force sense testing scores after the proprioceptive exercise program were observed.


Conclusion: The proprioceptive exercise program could improve precision on force sense of the thumb in patients with carpometacarpal joint osteoarthritis.