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Journal:   JOURNAL OF MODERN REHABILITATION   FALL 2014 , Volume 8 , Number 3; Page(s) 31 To 37.
 
Paper: 

EFFECT OF INTENSIVE TASK-ORIENTED BALANCE PRACTICE ON FUNCTIONAL BALANCE AND MOBILITY IN CHRONIC STROKE PATIENTS

 
 
Author(s):  AZAD AKRAM*, EDALATKHAH MOHSEN, TAGHIZADEH GHORBAN
 
* SCHOOL OF REHABILITATION, TEHRAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Background and Aim: One of the most common defects observed after stroke is deficit in trunk control and balance which can lead to disability or dependency in many functional activities in life. Many therapeutic approaches are used in the rehabilitation of stroke patients, but there is no any unique accepted approach in this field yet. However there are many evidences that show task-oriented practice for neuro-movement rehabilitation can be efficient. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of intensive task-oriented balance practices on functional balance and mobility in patients with chronic stroke.
Materials and Methods: This study was an intervention - quasi-experimental with chronic stroke on 13 patients (study on 4 women, 9 men, mean age 55.07
±8.41) which were selected according to inclusion criteria. The intervention included 10 days of intensive practice during 2 weeks, 5 days per week for 3 hours a day. The assessments (Berg Balance Scale, Time Up and Go) were performed before and after the intervention.
Results: Intensive task-oriented balance training in patients with chronic stroke significantly increased the functional balance (p
=0.005) and reduced the time of functional mobility (p=0.001).
Conclusion: The results showed that intensive task-oriented balance training can improve functional balance and functional mobility. Because this study was done only in one group, conducting more studies with appropriate control group is suggested. Follow up were recommended in order to show durability effect for future researches.

 
Keyword(s): STROKE, FUNCTIONAL BALANCE, FUNCTIONAL MOBILITY, TASK, ORIENTED APPROACH, INTENSIVE PRACTICE
 
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