Functional Balance in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Case Control Study

Bhosle, Purnima and Alaparthi, Gopala Krishna and *, Vaishali and *, Shyam Krishnan and *, Zulfeequer and *, Vishakacharya (2012) Functional Balance in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Case Control Study. International Journal of Health Sciences and Research, 2 (3). pp. 61-71. ISSN 2249-9571

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Objective: The objective of this study is to compare functional balance in subjects with COPD and normal healthy individuals and to find association between functional balance and lower extremity muscle strength. Materials and Methods: 30 subjects were selected through convenient method of sampling. 19 subjects with COPD and 11 were normal healthy individuals with age range from 55 – 70 years. Patients with moderate COPD were only included. Functional balance was assessed with the help of short physical performance battery (SPPB), single leg stance time and functional reach test. Muscle strength was measured with the help of push pull dynamometer. Correlation between functional balance and muscle strength was determined. Result: We found that patients with COPD were associated with substantially decreased performance in Short physical performance battery score, single leg stance time and functional reach test (p<0.001).Subjects with COPD were also having significantly lower values of all muscle strength measures. There was a positive correlation seen between functional balance and muscle strength. Conclusion: Results of the study shows that subjects with COPD had reduced functional balance in comparison to normal healthy individuals of same age group. So it should be considered as important component of assessment during pulmonary rehabilitation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COPD. Balance assessment, pulmonary rehabilitation, functional balance, short physical performance battery
Subjects: Allied Health > Mangalore Campus > Physiotherapy
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Pulmonary Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2012 06:25
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2012 06:25

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