Date of Award

1999

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

Department

Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Beverly Johnson

Keywords

Cerebrovascular Disorders -- rehabilitation

Abstract

This case study involved a 61-year-old male post-stroke subject who underwent six weeks of balance training using the NeuroCom® Balance Master (NCBM) system.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a six-week training program on a post-stroke individual (> 6 months). Pre- and post-test assessments were conducted utilizing the NCBM protocols and the Berg Balance Scale.

Results: The subject showed improvement in four of five NCBM test conditions-rhythmic weight shifting, sit-to- stand test, walk test, and modified clinical test for sensory interaction on balance (mCTSIB) test. Regression was shown in the components of three test conditions-rhythmic weight shifting, sit-to-stand test, and walk test. The subject regressed in one test condition-static weight bearing. The subject remained in the abnormal range of performance for all test conditions compared to age matched controls except center of gravity end sway velocity in sit-to-stand and walking. Berg Balance Scale scores improved 48.27% from 29 to 43.

Conclusion: The results of the training indicate an overall improvement in static and dynamic balance control for this subject. Further research of this population is recommended to determine the feasibility of refresher training to help improve balance and coordination.

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