Purpose This study investigated the relationship between peripheral nerve conduction velocity (NCV) and balance performance in older adults with diabetes. Methods Twenty older adults with diabetes were recruited to evaluate the NCV of their lower limbs and balance performance. The balance assessments comprised the timed up and go (TUG) test, Berg balance scale (BBS), unipedal stance test (UST), multidirectional reach test (MDRT), maximum step length (MSL) test and quiet standing with eyes open and closed. The relationship between NCV and balance performance was evaluated by Pearson’s correlation coefficients, and the balance performances of the diabetic patients with and without peripheral neuropathy were compared by using Mann–Whitney U tests. Results The NCV in the lower limbs exhibited a moderate to strong correlation with most of the balance tests including the TUG (r = −0.435 to −0.520, p 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-427
Number of pages9
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Feb 27 2017


  • Berg balance scale
  • diabetes mellitus
  • nerve conduction velocity
  • timed up and go
  • unipedal stance test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation


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