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Stroke rehabilitation and long leg brace.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15480948     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although a short leg brace (SLB) is mainly used for stroke rehabilitation, we should also remember the value of a long leg brace (LLB). The indications for LLB are discussed. For example, a LLB provides stability for the knee. The LLB can be used in any situation that creates instability for the knee. The practice of a 155-bed medium-sized rehabilitation hospital in Japan is investigated regarding stroke rehabilitation and the LLB from October 2001 to October 2003. The LLB was prescribed to 12 patients. If the patients made good progress, the LLB was converted to an SLB. The period of conversion from LLB to SLB shows the improvement of the conditions. Patients were divided into three groups according to the period of the conversion: less than 14 days, more than 15 days, and no conversion. Comparing the FIM points, there are more points for patients whose brace is converted in less than 14 days but there is a greater improvement in FIM points when the brace is converted in more than 14 days. It is advised that the patients who have the worse conditions should have the LLB earlier because then these patients can concentrate on their rehabilitation program and are not disturbed by the conversion of the brace.
Takashi Yamanaka; Ken Akashi; Masayuki Ishii
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Topics in stroke rehabilitation     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1074-9357     ISO Abbreviation:  Top Stroke Rehabil     Publication Date:  2004  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-13     Completed Date:  2004-12-07     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9439750     Medline TA:  Top Stroke Rehabil     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  6-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Kurashiki Rehabilitation Hospital, Kurashiki, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living
Equipment Design
Joint Instability / rehabilitation
Middle Aged
Severity of Illness Index
Stroke / complications,  rehabilitation*
Treatment Outcome

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