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Balance Impairment and Falls Risk in People With Lower Limb Arthritis, and Can These be Improved With Exercise?

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00527189
First Posted: September 10, 2007
Last Update Posted: September 10, 2007
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Collaborator:
Melbourne Health
Information provided by:
National Ageing Research Institute, Australia
  Purpose
Arthritis has been reported as a risk factor for falls. Few studies have investigated the effect of balance training on balance performance in women with lower limb arthritis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a four-month individualised home exercise programme in improving gait stability and balance for women with arthritis.

Condition Intervention
Arthritis Behavioral: Balance Exercises

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Which Measures of Balance Best Discriminate Balance Impairment and Falls Risk in People With Lower Limb Arthritis, and Can These be Improved With Exercise?

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Further study details as provided by National Ageing Research Institute, Australia:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Falls Risk Human Activity Profile Confidence Balance Measures Gait Measures

Study Start Date: January 2006
Study Completion Date: April 2007
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: Balance Exercises
    Home based balance exercises based on Otago Exercise programme
  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Lower limb osteoarthritis or lower limb rheumatoid arthritis

Exclusion Criteria:

Participants were excluded if they:

  • Did not have lower limb arthritis,
  • Were bed bound,
  • Had additional co-morbidities that confer risk of falls (such as Parkinson's disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis, history of cardiac syncope, epilepsy),
  • Had undergone lower limb surgery within the previous twelve months, and/or
  • Had synvisc or a corticosteroid injection within the last six months.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00527189


Locations
Australia, Victoria
National Ageing Research Institute
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3052
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Ageing Research Institute, Australia
Melbourne Health
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Keith Hill, PhD National Ageing Research Institue, Australia
  More Information

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00527189     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 98765
First Submitted: September 6, 2007
First Posted: September 10, 2007
Last Update Posted: September 10, 2007
Last Verified: September 2007

Keywords provided by National Ageing Research Institute, Australia:
Arthritis
Exercise
Balance - Postural Control

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arthritis
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases