The effect of arm sling on balance in patients with hemiplegia

Acai M., KARATAŞ G. K.

GAIT & POSTURE, cilt.32, sa.4, ss.641-644, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 32 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2010.09.008
  • Dergi Adı: GAIT & POSTURE
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.641-644


The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of an arm sling on balance in patients with hemiplegia following a stroke Twenty-six patients with hemiplegia (11 men 15 women) who had shoulder subluxation were enrolled in the study Balance was evaluated by the Berg Balance Scale the Functional Reach test and a static balance index which was measured by the Kinesthetic Ability Trainer 3000 Balance tests were performed twice with arm sling and without arm sling use Results of this study show that the Berg Balance Scores and static balance Index ameliorated with arm sling use (p = 0 005 and p = 0 004 respectively) Likewise the Functional Reach test was better when performed with an arm sling (p = 0 039) In conclusion arm slings have a beneficial effect on balance in patients with hemiplegia An arm sling may be applied for its possible beneficial effect on balance especially in the early phases of stroke rehabilitation while the upper extremity is still flaccid and arm swing is reduced (C) 2010 Elsevier B V All rights reserved