A Comparison of two exercise therapy programs on functional balance in people with Multiple Sclerosis


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How to Cite: A Comparison of two exercise therapy programs on functional balance in people with Multiple Sclerosis , Jentashapir J Cell Mol Biol. Online ahead of Print ; 3(1):283-291.


Jentashapir Journal of Health Research: 3 (1); 283-291
Published Online: June 30, 2011
Article Type: Research Article
Received: December 10, 2011
Accepted: March 11, 2012


Background: Decrease in walking ability and balance disorders are common in multiple sclerosis patients. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of two different therapeutic methods on functional balance in people with multiple sclerosis.

Material and methods: In this clinical trial study, 16 patients with multiple sclerosis (8male and 8 female with Expanded Disability Status Scale(EDSS) 4.5 or less) recruited using non-randomized sampling method. Participants was divided randomly in two group consist of 8 patients. The first group received exercises stabilization exercise and second group received exercises consisted of exercises similar to the first group in addition to balance exercises. These exercises was performed for 8 weeks, 3 times a week, on alternating days. Balance was measured using Lateral Reach test and Walking test.

Results: The results showed that there was significant difference between scores of Lateral Reach test to both sides(Right and Left) and Walking test before and after the treatment in two groups (P < 0.001). However, in the second group, walking ability was more efficiently influenced in comparison with first group (P < 0.01). But, there was not a significant difference in Lateral Reach scores to both sides (Right and Left) between two groups after treatment (P > 0.05).

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