Is hydrokinesitherapy effective on gait and balance in patients with stroke? A clinical and baropodometric investigation

Anna Furnari, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, Giuseppe Gervasi, Francesca La Fauci-Belponer, Antonio Marzo, Fabio Berbiglia, Giuseppe Paladina, Maria Cristina De Cola, Placido Bramanti

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Abstract

Background: Patients with stroke present an asymmetric posture, severe balance dysfunction with delayed and disrupted equilibrium reactions, exaggerated postural sway and abnormal gait with an increased risk of falling. The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of hydrokinesytherapy on stance, balance and gait in individuals after stroke. Methods: In this single-blinded randomized controlled trial, patients with stroke were divided into two groups: an experimental one (G1), performing hydrokinesytherapy (3 times/week) in addition to a conventional physical therapy (3 times/week) and a control one (G2), performing only a conventional physical therapy (6 times/week). All of the participants underwent a proper clinical and baropodometric evaluation before and after 8 weeks of treatment. Results: The two groups presented similar clinical and instrumental features at enrolment (mean modified Rankin Scale of 3, and a disease duration of 6.3 ± 1.4 months). After treatment, the patients undergoing hydrokinesytherapy showed a significantly greater improvement than those undergoing traditional training. Conclusions: Hydrokinesytherapy may be considered a promising treatment in improving gait and balance in individuals following stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1109-1114
Number of pages6
JournalBrain Injury
Volume28
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Medicine(all)

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