Dynamic and functional balance tasks in subjects with persistent whiplash: A pilot trial

Stokell, Raina, Yu, Annie, Williams, Katrina and Treleaven, Julia (2011) Dynamic and functional balance tasks in subjects with persistent whiplash: A pilot trial. Manual Therapy, 16 4: 394-398. doi:10.1016/j.math.2011.01.012


Author Stokell, Raina
Yu, Annie
Williams, Katrina
Treleaven, Julia
Title Dynamic and functional balance tasks in subjects with persistent whiplash: A pilot trial
Journal name Manual Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-689X
1532-2769
Publication date 2011-08-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.math.2011.01.012
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 16
Issue 4
Start page 394
End page 398
Total pages 5
Place of publication Kidlington, U.K.
Publisher hurchill Livingstone
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Disturbances in static balance have been demonstrated in subjects with persistent whiplash. Some also report loss of balance and falls. These disturbances may contribute to difficulties in dynamic tasks. The aim of this study was to determine whether subjects with whiplash had deficits in dynamic and functional balance tasks when compared to a healthy control group.
Twenty subjects with persistent pain following a whiplash injury and twenty healthy controls were assessed in single leg stance with eyes open and closed, the step test, Fukuda stepping test, tandem walk on a firm and soft surface, Singleton test with eyes open and closed, a stair walking test and the timed 10 m walk with and without head movement.
Subjects with whiplash demonstrated significant deficits (p < 0.01) in single leg stance with eyes closed, the step test, tandem walk on a firm and soft surface, stair walking and the timed 10 m walk with and without head movement when compared to the control subjects.
Specific assessment and rehabilitation directed towards improving these deficits may need to be considered in the management of patients with persistent whiplash if these results are confirmed in a larger cohort.
Keyword Balance
Functional
Whiplash
Neck pain
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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