A Cross-Sectional Study on Balance Deficits and Gait Deviations in COPD Patients

Jirange, Priyanka and Vaishali, K and Sinha, Mukesh Kumar (2021) A Cross-Sectional Study on Balance Deficits and Gait Deviations in COPD Patients. Canadian Respiratory Journal, 2021. pp. 1-5. ISSN 0001-1519

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Background. +e gait abnormalities were linked to the balance deficits in the previous studies. However, the deviations in the gait parameters in COPD are currently not known. +e study aims to compare gait parameters, static and dynamic balance, and risk of falls in COPD with those in non-COPD individuals. Method. Fourty-two patients with COPD aged 45 years and gender-matched control subjects were included in the study. Gait parameters were assessed by Win-Track gait analyzer, the static balance was assessed by posturography, and the dynamic balance was assessed by the time up and go test. +e fear of falls was assessed by Falls Efficacy Scale. Results. COPD individuals had decreased static and dynamic balance as assessed by posturography (p < 0.05) and TUG (p < 0.01), respectively. A significant difference in swing duration (p � 0.004) and also increased risk of falls (p < 0.01) was observed in COPD patients as compared to non-COPD individuals. Conclusion. COPD individuals have increased swing duration,reduced static and dynamic balance, and increased fear of falls as compared to non-COPD individuals

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Physiotherapy
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2021 10:26
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2021 10:26
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/156678

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