J Korean Phys Ther.  2018 Aug;30(4):112-116. 10.18857/jkpt.2018.30.4.112.

The Effects of Task-Oriented Exercise Program on Balance Ability in Patients with Acute Stroke

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Physical Therapy, Wonkwang University Hospital, Iksan, Korea.
  • 2Department of Physical Therapy, Design Hospital, Jeonju, Korea. kimbr21@hanmail.net

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study aimed to identify the effects of a task-oriented exercise program on balance in patients with acute stroke.
METHODS
Twenty participants with hemiparesis resulting from acute stroke volunteered to participate in this study. They were randomly assigned to either the experimental or control group, with 10 patients per group. Both groups underwent a task-oriented exercise program averaging 30 minutes daily for 4 weeks. Balance was assessed before and after the 4-week training period. Before and after the intervention, we conducted a paired t-test to compare the within-group changes and an independent t-test to compare the betweengroup differences. The statistical significance level was set at p=0.05 for all the variables.
RESULTS
Both groups showed significant within-group and between-group changes in balance (p < 0.05) after the intervention.
CONCLUSION
This study provides valuable information for future studies in this field. Further research using a larger sample and longer experiment spans can corroborate the results of our study.

Keyword

Balance ability; Stroke; Task-oriented exercise

MeSH Terms

Humans
Paresis
Stroke*
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