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Balance control in hemiparetic stroke patients: Main tools for evaluation

Clarissa Barros de Oliveira, PT, et al.

Figure. Important resources required for postural control.

Patients with stroke frequently have balance problems that increase their risk for falls and, therefore, medical complications. Balance is a very complex skill, so identifying specific sources of balance disturbances is important. In this article, we review the basic principles of postural control and the main tools used to evaluate balance in hemiparetic stroke patients. Comprehensive clinical evaluation, including global measurements and laboratory tests whenever possible, can provide detailed information on balance impairments and guide improvement of rehabilitation strategies for these patients.


Volume 45 Number 8, 2008
   Pages 1215 — 1226


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