Lower Limb Flexibility in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Effects on Functional Performance
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The investigator investigated the effect of lower limb flexibility on functional performance of children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Condition or disease
Duchenne Muscular DystrophyPerformanceFlexibility
Thirty children whose functional levels were in 1 or 2 according to the Brooke Lower Extremity Functional Classification Scale were included in the study. Flexibilities of hamstrings, hip flexors, tensor fascia latae, and gastrocnemius muscles were evaluated in dominant lower limb. Popliteal angle test, hip flexor flexibility test, tensor fascia latae flexibility test and gastrocnemius flexibility test were used for flexibility asssessments. Functional performance was assessed with 6 Minute Walk Test (6 MWT) and Timed Performance Tests. The correlation between the flexibility of lower limb muscles' and performance tests were examined.
The 6 Minute Walk Test (6MWT) is a standard test recently used to evaluate functional capacity in neuromuscular diseases, and found to be a safe and valid test that can be performed in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Secondary Outcome Measures :
Timed Performance Test [ Time Frame: 3 minute ]
Timed performance tests such as 10 m walk, Gower's (from supine position to stand up), ascending/descending 4 steps were also performed. During these tests, the child's performance was recorded in seconds.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
5 Years and older (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Children with ambule Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Having a Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy diagnosis,
Being in the ambulatory period and climbing four steps independently,
To be able to cooperate the physiotherapist's directions,
Not having any severe contracture in the lower limbs which may prevent assessments,
Not having any injury or surgery involving the lower limbs during the last 6 months.
Children who did not provide these criteria and did not will to participate the study were excluded.