Original Article

Relationship between the ability to stand and physical function in stroke survivors with hemiplegia: a pilot study

Jumpei Takahashi, RPT, PhD
Jpn J Compr Rehabil Sci 12: 4-8, 2021

Objective: This study aimed to identify the physical functions necessary to enable stroke survivors with hemiplegia to stand from a chair.
Methods: Fifteen patients who had suffered a hemiplegic stroke were divided into two groups, the pull and unable groups, based on their ability to stand by pulling a handrail. Their motor palsy, Stroke Impairment Assessment Set, and unaffected muscle strength were assessed.
Results: Patients in the pull group had less motor palsy, higher muscle strength of the upper extremity on the unaffected side, and greater angle of ankle dorsiflexion on the affected side, compared to the patients in the unable group.
Conclusion: The function of the affected lower limb and the unaffected upper limb's muscle strength determines the ability of patients who have suffered a hemiplegic stroke to lift their body upwards while standing from a chair.

Key words: stroke, standing up motion, physical function

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