One frequently asked question that I get from patients who have lower extremity balance, strength, or proprioception problems is, "What is a BAPS board?" Many of the doctors who refer patients to me that have ankle sprains, fractures, or other lower extremity problems specifically ask for BAPS to be included in treatment.
So what is a BAPS board anyway? BAPS stands for Biomechanical Ankle Platform System. It is an exercise device that is designed to help patients improve balance, strength, and proprioception. It is a funny shaped disc with a small hemisphere that is screwed into the bottom. The hemishpere makes the disc wobbly, and patients can do specific exercises to help improve coordination and proprioception in the lower extremities. I have even used the BAPS to help improve strength and proprioception in the upper extremities for patients with shoulder problems or after shoulder surgery.
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