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BALANCE TRAINING & FALLS PREVENTION

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BALANCE TRAINING & FALLS PREVENTION

1. Improvement in balance has been identified as the strongest predictor of distance walked.

2. Trunk-specific balance training and balance-focused exercise programs have been shown to improve balance post stroke.

3. Whole body and local vibration, thermal stimulation, and interventions involving feedback may not improve balance outcomes.

4. It is unclear whether task-specific balance training programs and virtual reality training improve balance, gait and functional recovery post stroke.

5. Stroke patients are at a higher risk of falling with 25-39% of patients falling while on the stroke rehabilitation unit and 73% falling within 6 months of discharge form hospital.


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REFERENCES

1. Wilkinson, I. (2017). Oxford handbook of clinical medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2. Hannaman, R. A., Bullock, L., Hatchell, C. A., & Yoffe, M. (2016). Internal medicine review core curriculum, 2017-2018. CO Springs, CO: MedStudy.
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Ⓒ A. Manickam 2018

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