Stepping strategy used to recover balance during an induced fall is associated with impaired function and strength in people with knee osteoarthritis
Pazit Levinger, Calum Downie, Hanatsu Nagano, Aaron Petersen, Alan Hayes, Kerrie M Sanders, Flavia Cicuttini, Rezaul Begg
International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases | WILEY | Published : 2018
AIM: We investigated differences in function, strength and pain in those with knee osteoarthritis (OA) who responded with a single step compared to multiple steps during balance recovery during an induced forward fall. METHOD: The stepping response of 24 participants with knee OA (50% female, age 68.6 ± 6.2 years) as they recovered balance from an induced forward fall was recorded. Participants were grouped based on their stepping response as single-stepper and multi-stepper. Comparison was made between the groups for functional and strength tests and self-reported pain, function, quality of life, fear of falls and physical activity. RESULTS: Fourteen of the participants (58%) responded with..View full abstract
This study was funded through the Australian Government's Collaborative Research Network.