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Rehabilitation of postural stability in ataxic/hemiplegic patients after stroke.
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PMID:  20350209     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: This study assesses the postural stability and the effect of balance training using a force platform visual biofeedback among outpatients with postural disturbances following stroke.
METHOD: A tilting multiaxial force platform was used to assess bilateral postural stability in 38 outpatients (mean age 69.50  +/- 8.57 years) with hemiplegia and/or ataxia after stroke. Stability indexes were obtained. Afterwards, a subgroup of 12 patients with the poorest overall stability index (OASI) started a balance training programme in the force platform. Postural control training consisted of a 30-min training session once a week for a 15-week period. The test was then repeated.
RESULTS: In the 38 outpatients sample, the mean OASI was 4.7  +/-  2.0 and 42.1% of the patients used their hands for support. In the 12 outpatients group, the initial OASI was 5.8  +/-  2.3 and half of the patients used their hands for support. The final OASI was 3.3  +/-  1.0 (p  =  0.005) and only two of the patients used their hands for support (p  =  0.046).
CONCLUSION: Our results suggest that a training programme using force platform visual biofeedback improves objective measures of bilateral postural stability in patients with hemiplegia and/or ataxia after stroke.
Filipa Januário; Inês Campos; Carla Amaral
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Disability and rehabilitation     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1464-5165     ISO Abbreviation:  Disabil Rehabil     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-09     Completed Date:  2010-12-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9207179     Medline TA:  Disabil Rehabil     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1775-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Coimbra University Hospital, Coimbra, Portugal.
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MeSH Terms
Biofeedback, Psychology
Hemiplegia / etiology,  rehabilitation*
Postural Balance*
Stroke / complications*
Treatment Outcome

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