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Balance disability after stroke

Tyson, S, Hanley, M, Chillala, J, Selley, A and Tallis, R 2006, 'Balance disability after stroke' , Physical Therapy, 86 (1) , pp. 30-38.

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Abstract

Balance disability is common after stroke, but there is little detailed information about it. The aims of this study were to investigate the frequency of balance disability; to characterize different levels of disability; and to identify demographics, stroke pathology factors, and impairments associated with balance disability. Subjects. The subjects studied were 75 people with a first-time anterior circulation stroke; 37 subjects were men, the mean age was 71.5 years (SD12.2), and 46 subjects (61%) had left hemiplegia. Methods. Prospective hospital-based cross-sectional surveys were carried out in 2 British National Health Service trusts. The subjects’ stroke pathology, demographics, balance disability, function, and neurologic impairments were recorded in a single testing session 2 to 4 weeks after stroke. Results. A total of 83% of the subjects (n62) had a balance disability; of these, 17 (27%) could sit but not stand, 25 (40%) could stand but not step, and 20 (33%) could step and walk but still had limited balance. Subjects with the most severe balance disability had more severe strokes, impairments, and disabilities. Weakness and sensation were associated with balance disability. Subject demographics, stroke pathology, and visuospatial neglect were not associated with balance disability. Discussion and Conclusion. Subjects with the most severe balance disability had the most severe strokes, impairments, and disabilities. Subject demographics, stroke pathology, and visuospatial neglect were not associated with balance disability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Balance; Cerebrovascular accident.
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Physical Therapy
Publisher: American Physical Therapy Association
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0031-9023
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2010 11:34
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:04
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/3290

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