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A Pilot Study on the Effect of Pelvic Exercise on Standing Balance in Patients with Incomplete Cervical Spinal

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Author(s): Bo-Ra Choi | Ju-Hyun Kim | Junghwan Kim

Journal: International Journal of Clinical Medicine
ISSN 2158-284X

Volume: 04;
Issue: 03;
Start page: 123;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury | Standing Balance | Pelvic Exercise | Rehabilitation

ABSTRACT
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of pelvic exercise on standing balance in patients with incomplete cervical spinal cord injury for healthy rehabilitation. 11 patients (8 men and 3 women) with levels of incomplete injury between cervical 3 and cervical 6 who were participated in a study measuring the standing balance using an interactive balance system (IBS) before and after pelvic exercise. The index of standing balance after pelvic exercise was significantly lower than before exercise in patients with incomplete cervical cord injury. The greatest improvements were observed in incomplete cervical spinal cord injury with neurologic levels of cervical 3 and 4 with Brown-Sequard syndrome. These results suggest that the pelvic exercise for rehabilitation significantly improved in part standing balance in patients with incomplete cervical spinal cord injury.
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