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Reducing the Risk of Falls Through Proprioceptive Dynamic Posture Training in Osteoporotic Women with Kyphotic Posturing: A Randomized Pilot Study

Sinaki, Mehrsheed MD, MS; Lynn, Susan G. MA

American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: April 2002 - Volume 81 - Issue 4 - p 241-246
Research Articles: Balance

Sinaki M, Lynn SG: Reducing the risk of falls through proprioceptive dynamic posture training in osteoporotic women with kyphotic posturing: A randomized pilot study. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2002;81:241–246.

Objective To assess the effect of a proprioceptive dynamic posture training program on balance in osteoporotic women with kyphotic posture.

Design Subjects were randomly assigned to either a proprioceptive dynamic posture training program or exercise only group. Anthropometric measurements, muscle strength, level of physical activity, computerized dynamic posturography, and spine radiography were performed at baseline and 1 mo.

Results At the 1-mo follow-up, three groups were formed on the basis of the baseline computerized dynamic posturography results. In general, groups 1 and 2 had no significant change at 1 mo, whereas group 3 improved balance significantly at 1 mo.

Conclusion The subjects who had abnormal balance and used the proprioceptive dynamic posture training program had the most significant improvement in balance. Improved balance could reduce the risk of falls.

From the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (MS) and the Division of Audiology (SGL), Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Presented, in part, at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, St. Louis, MO, October 3, 1999.

All correspondence and requests for reprints should be addressed to Mehrsheed Sinaki, MD, MS, Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.