BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the delayed effects of balance training program on hemiplegic stroke patients. METHODS: A total of 41 ambulatory hemiplegic stroke patients were recruited into this study and randomly assigned into two groups, the control group and trained group. Visual feedback balance training with the SMART Balance Master was used in the trained group. Bruunstrom staging of affected limb scores and Functional Independent Measure (FIM) scores of each patient were recorded. Quantitative balance function was evaluated using the SMART Balance Master. Data were collected before training and 6 months after completing the training program. RESULTS: Significant improvements in dynamic balance function measurements were found for patients in the trained group at 6 months after completing the training program. The ability of self-care and sphincter control also improved for patients in the trained group. On the other hand, no significant differences were found in static balance functions between the trained group and control group at 6 months of follow up. The locomotion and mobility scoring of FIM also revealed no differences between the groups. CONCLUSION: Dynamic balance function of patients in the visual feedback training group had significant improvements when compared with the control group. Activities of daily living (ADL) function in self-care also had significant improvements at 6 months of follow up in the trained group. The results showed that balance training was beneficial for patients after hemiplegic stroke.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Chang Gung Medical Journal|
|Publication status||Published - Sept 2002|
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