Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Beverly Johnson


Cerebrovascular Disorders -- rehabilitation


A case study was completed on a 70-year-old female who had suffered a right cerebral vascular accident and left hemiparesis on June 25, 1996. She exhibited left upper and lower abnormal synergy patterns that disrupted her gait cycle. The subject volunteered for the study to improve her ambulation efficiency. Individuals suffering a stroke often times exhibit deficits in balance due to weakness, sensory loss, impaired righting reflexes, and visuospatial distortion. Force platforms, such as the NeuroCom Balance Master®, have become useful pieces of equipment in the field of physical therapy. The technological advancements in force platforms have allowed clinicians to objectively assess and rehabilitate patients with abnormal balance limitations. The purpose of this case study was to determine if individuals who were at least six months post-stroke could effectively improve their balance using the NeuroCom Balance Master®. After a six-week training regimen on the NeuroCom Balance Master®, the subject showed significant improvements in limits of stability, symmetric weight bearing, and walking abilities.