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The Effects of the Swiss Ball on Cerebral Vascular Accident

This study has been completed.
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Fortaleza University Identifier:
First received: August 12, 2008
Last updated: August 18, 2008
Last verified: May 2008
The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of the Swiss ball on patients with hemiplegia due to CVA.

Condition Intervention
Cerebrovascular Accident
Other: Physiotherapy with Swiss Ball

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effects of the Swiss Ball on Patients With Hemiplegia Due to Cerebral Vascular Accident

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Detailed Description:
The Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA) is a neurological deficit, which may be transitory or definite, leading to motor, psychological and social alterations. It's the third cause of death in the industrialized world, of which 90% of the survivors have some residual deficit and 30% become disabled. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of the Swiss ball on patients with hemiplegia due to CVA. An intervening and controlled study was conducted on 12 patients of both genders and over 50 years old with chronic hemiplegia, all undergoing treatment at the Beneficent Rehabilitation Association of Ceará. The patients in the experimental group (EG) underwent treatment with the Swiss ball added to conventional physical therapy and the control group (CG) went through conventional physiotherapy sessions. The treatment was done twice a week, consisting of 14 sessions altogether. The data were collected in an evaluation form at the beginning and at the end of the treatment. Most patients were found to be males; they had typical walking ability, tonus, and posture of chronic hemiplegia patients. The patients in the experimental group showed significantly greater muscular strength on the lower limbs than the control group (p < 0,05, Student t test), however, the same did not happen in the case of the other parameters, such as strength on the upper limbs, coordination, and balance. We can conclude that the treatment with the Swiss ball can promote increased strength, which will allow for a more efficient recovery in the studied population.

Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Hemiplegia due to CVA
  • In physiotherapy treatment
  • Acceptance in join the research

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Less then 6 months of diagnostic
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  More Information Identifier: NCT00735033     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: coetica-130/2004
Study First Received: August 12, 2008
Last Updated: August 18, 2008

Keywords provided by Fortaleza University:
Physical therapy
Physical therapy modalities
Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA)

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Cerebrovascular Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Vascular Diseases
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