Does balance or motor impairment of limbs discriminate the ambulatory satus of stroke survivors?

Yeung, Stephanie S. Y., Ng, Janice T. W. and Lo, Sing Kai 2003, Does balance or motor impairment of limbs discriminate the ambulatory satus of stroke survivors?, American journal of physical medicine and rehabilitation, vol. 82, no. 4, pp. 279-283.

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Title Does balance or motor impairment of limbs discriminate the ambulatory satus of stroke survivors?
Author(s) Yeung, Stephanie S. Y.
Ng, Janice T. W.
Lo, Sing Kai
Journal name American journal of physical medicine and rehabilitation
Volume number 82
Issue number 4
Start page 279
End page 283
Publisher Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
Place of publication [Baltimore, MD]
Publication date 2003
ISSN 0894-9115
Summary Objective: This study was performed to determine if ambulatory function is governed by motor impairment of limbs or balance ability in subjects with hemiplegia caused by stroke.
Design: Seven patients who walked with physical assistance (FIM(TM) 4) after stroke and 13 who walked independently with assistive devices (FIM 6) were compared with 13 healthy subjects. Motor impairment of limbs was evaluated with the Fugl-Meyer Assessment. The Berg Balance Scale and limit of stability test of the Smart Balance Master were used to evaluate balance ability.
Results: The FIM 6 group and the controls were best differentiated by motor impairment of the paretic limbs and limit of stability in the backward direction. Motor impairment of the upper limb and limit of stability in direction toward the paretic side separated the FIM 4 from the FIM 6 group. Upper limb motor impairment and the Berg Balance Scale consistently separated the three subject groups.
Conclusions: Motor impairment in the paretic upper limb and balance dysfunction should be addressed in treatments working toward independent ambulation.
Language eng
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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