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Influence of pain and depression on fear of falling, mobility, and balance in older male veterans

Mark D. Bishop, PT, PhD, et al.

A multidisciplinary team (doctor, pharmacist, and physical therapist) evaluated patients referred to the Geriatric Gait and Balance Disorders Clinic at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Gainesville, Florida. All patients were prescribed a home exercise program and were evaluated four times over 12 weeks. Approximately half the patients attended all evaluation sessions, and attendance at follow-up visits was associated with improved balance and mobility. Pain was associated with decreased balance and mobility. Older veterans who have fallen can improve their balance and mobility over a 12-week period. Pain may negatively affect the improvements, and we recommend targeted interventions that decrease pain and improve attendance in and adherence to rehabilitation programs for older adults with balance or gait disorders.


Volume 44 Number 5 2007
Pages 675 — 684


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