Medial-Lateral postural stability in community-dwelling women over 40 years of age

Nitz, J. C., Low Choy, N. L. and Isles, R. C. (2003) Medial-Lateral postural stability in community-dwelling women over 40 years of age. Clinical Rehabilitation, 17 7: 765-767. doi:10.1191/0269215503cr675oa


Author Nitz, J. C.
Low Choy, N. L.
Isles, R. C.
Title Medial-Lateral postural stability in community-dwelling women over 40 years of age
Journal name Clinical Rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0269-2155
Publication date 2003-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1191/0269215503cr675oa
Volume 17
Issue 7
Start page 765
End page 767
Total pages 3
Editor Derick T. Wade
Place of publication London
Publisher Arnold Publishers
Language eng
Subject C1
321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
Formatted abstract
Objective:
To document the change in medial-lateral balance in women aged between 40 and 80 years. Design: A cross-sectional study of six measures of medial-lateral balance was undertaken.

Setting:

The Betty Byrne Henderson Centre for Women and Ageing, Royal Women's Hospital, Australia.

Subjects:

Five hundred and three community-dwelling women between 40 and 80 years of age were randomly recruited from a large metropolitan region with 366 subjects admitted after applying exclusion criteria.

Measurements:

The clinical measurements included the lateral reach and step tests while laboratory measurements were gathered from the Balance Master software programs for unilateral stance and limits of stability.

Results:
A significant decline in all measures (p<0.02) was evident between the forties and sixties age decade cohorts. The clinical step test showed a significant (p<0.001) decline between the forties and fifties groups. A significant correlation was shown between step test and unilateral stance (p<0.001) and movement velocity, reaction time and end-point excursion centre of gravity (COG) on the limits of stability test (p<0.001).

Conclusions:
This new evidence demonstrates that there is a significant decline in medial-lateral balance in women that occurs between their forties and sixties. Suggestions for further study were made.
Keyword Rehabilitation
Q-Index Code C1

 
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