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Correlation between ankle range of motion and balance in community-dwelling elderly population

Agarwal, Tanushree and Agarwal, Parul R (2012) Correlation between ankle range of motion and balance in community-dwelling elderly population. Indian Journal of Physiotherapy & Occupational Therapy, 6 (2). pp. 127-130. ISSN 0973-5666

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Abstract

Objective: To investigate the relationship between balance measures and ankle range of motion (ROM) in community dwelling elderly population. Methodology :37 subjects (20 females, 17males) with age group of 65-85 years, were screened for any previous medical issues or recent history of falls. Out of this 6 subjects were excluded and for rest 31 further examination was done. Balance was measured using Functional Reach Test (FRT) while ankle ROM was measured with goniometer, both actively and passively. Result: The mean age group of the study was (71.65 + 5.701). There was a high correlation between active ankle ROM and balance measure (r=0.717, p=0.001) Conclusion :This study shows that reduced ankle ROM affects balance measures as age advances, leading to falls and life dependency. Henceforth, future studies pertaining to intervention and treatment efficacy may be suggested which may have an influence on reducing falls in elderly.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: community- dwelling elderly; balance; Functional Reach Test; ankle Range of Motion
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Physiotherapy
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2013 04:05
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2013 04:05
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/137090

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