The relationships between weight-bearing asymmetry after stroke, motor function and activities of daily living

Sackley, Catherine M. (1990) The relationships between weight-bearing asymmetry after stroke, motor function and activities of daily living. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 6 (4). pp. 179-185. ISSN 0959-3985

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Abstract

A survey of 90 stroke patients was undertaken to examine the pattern of weight distribution when standing and its relationship with motor function and independence in self-care activities. Weight distribution was measured with a computerised limb load monitor, motor function with the Rivermead Motor Assessment Scale and activities of daily living (ADL) with the 10-point ADL scale. Stroke patients showed an asymmetry in weight distribution, with the majority (79%) favouring the unaffected leg. The degree of asymmetry correlated significantly with motor function (rs= -0.45, P<0.001) and ADL (rs= -0.35, P<0.001). The results support the treatment goal currently used by both physiotherapists and occupational therapists of re-educating the symmetrical stance of stroke patients. It is noted that further studies are needed to evaluate therapists' success in achieving this goal.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Rehabilitation Sciences
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Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 01:44
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2018 08:41
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/43724
DOI: 10.3109/09593989009048293

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