einstein (São Paulo). 01/Sep/2011;9(3):302-6.

Evaluation of functional mobility of patients with stroke sequela after treatment in hydrotherapy pool using the Timed Up and Go Test

Daniel Gonçalves dos Santos, Andréa Sanches Navarro Pegoraro, Carolina Vilela Abrantes, Fabio Jakaitis, Silvia Gusman, Simone Cristina Bifulco

DOI: 10.1590/s1679-45082011ao1772

ABSTRACT
Objective:
To evaluate the functional mobility of patients with stroke over 12 sessions of hydrotherapy.
Methods:
Ten stroke patients aged between 5 and 85 years were evaluated by means of the Timed Up and Go test, which contains some items, such as balance, walking speed, changing directions, and standing up from a seated position. The study patients performed the test before and after each hydrotherapy session (total of 12 sessions). Each individual was compared to him/ herself both short-term (pre- and post-therapy) and long-term (after 12 therapy sessions). Result: Comparing baseline and after 12 sessions, it was noted that the 10 patients improved their performance, with a decrease in time to execute the Timed Up and Go test.
Conclusion:
An exercise program in a hydrotherapy pool was beneficial for functional mobility performance improvement in stroke patients.

Evaluation of functional mobility of patients with stroke sequela after treatment in hydrotherapy pool using the Timed Up and Go Test

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