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Effective intervention strategies for management of impaired posture and fatigue with post-polio syndrome: a case report.
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PMID:  17118895     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This case report describes effective intervention strategies that included gait training with the use of an acceptable, assistive device for the management of impaired posture and fatigue associated with post-polio syndrome. Review of videotaped gait-training sessions enhanced patient compliance with the assistive device, a single forearm crutch. The 49-year-old female acquired childhood polio with resulting leg length discrepancy, lower extremity weakness, and complaints of fatigue. She walked with a right ankle foot orthosis and increased right lateral trunk flexion during right stance. Interventions consisted of patient education regarding the diagnosis and management of post-polio syndrome, health promotion, and energy conservation strategies that included gait training with a single forearm crutch. An outcome measure not previously documented in the post-polio literature was used to measure the patient's perceived fatigue. Six-month and 18-month reexaminations found that the patient was compliant with the assistive device, reported a 30% reduction in fatigue, and walked with a more upright posture for longer distances in a shorter period of time. Patient education, health promotion, and energy conservation strategies that included walking with a properly fitting assistive device reduced perceived fatigue and improved posture and function in an individual with post-polio syndrome.
Holly H Wise
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physiotherapy theory and practice     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0959-3985     ISO Abbreviation:  Physiother Theory Pract     Publication Date:  2006 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-22     Completed Date:  2007-01-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9015520     Medline TA:  Physiother Theory Pract     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  279-87     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Health Professions, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC 29425, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Fatigue / etiology*,  therapy*
Middle Aged
Physical Therapy Modalities*
Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome / complications*,  therapy*

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