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Maximal lateral reaching distance on the affected side using the multi-directional reach test in persons with stroke.

Authors
  • Hwang, Won-Jeong1
  • Kim, Jung-Hyun1
  • Jeon, Seo-Hyun1
  • Chung, Yijung2
  • 1 Department of Physical Therapy, The Graduate School, Sahmyook University, Republic of Korea. , (North Korea)
  • 2 Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health and Welfare, Sahmyook University, Republic of Korea. , (North Korea)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of physical therapy science
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2015
Volume
27
Issue
9
Pages
2713–2715
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1589/jpts.27.2713
PMID: 26504275
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

[Purpose] This study aimed to examine the relationship between maximal lateral reaching distance on the affected side and weight shifting using the Multi-directional Reach Test in persons with stoke. [Subjects] Fifty-one chronic stroke participants were recruited from two rehabilitation hospitals. This study administered the Berg Balance Scale, Timed Up-and-Go, Trunk Impairment Scale, Modified Barthel Index and measured different maximal reaching distances. [Results] The maximal lateral reaching distance on the affected side was correlated with the BBS (r=0.571), TUG (r=-0.478), TIS (r=0.561), and MBI scores (r=0.499), the lateral reaching distance in all directions on the non-affected side (r=0.785), the maximal backward reaching distance (r=0.723), and the maximal forward reaching distance (r=0.673). The maximal reaching distance on the affected side was also affected by that on the non-affected side, in addition to the maximal backward reaching distance and MBI score. The final step model of stepwise multiple regression was explained 69.5%. [Conclusion] Maximal lateral reaching distance on the affected side as determined by the Multi-directional Reach Test is a good method of assessing functional performance in stroke patients. Data regarding maximal reaching distance on the non-affected side can be used to measure functional impairment on the affected side in clinical settings.

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