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

This study has been completed.
Melbourne Health
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National Ageing Research Institute, Australia Identifier:
First received: September 6, 2007
Last updated: September 7, 2007
Last verified: September 2007
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
Behavioral: Balance Exercises

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: 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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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

Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

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.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00527189

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

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00527189     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 98765
Study First Received: September 6, 2007
Last Updated: September 7, 2007
Health Authority: Australia: Royal Melbourne Hospital Human Ethics Committee

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

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases processed this record on November 25, 2015