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The Neck Disability Index (NDI) is a widely used questionnaire in the assessment of disability of neck patients. The aim of this study was to translate the NDI according to established guidelines into German (NDI-G) and to test the psychometric properties. Patients with acute (ACU) and chronic neck pain (CHR) and a healthy control group (HCG) completed the(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability of a forceplate postural balance protocol in a group of elderly fallers and non-fallers. The measurements were tested in single and dual-task conditions, with and without vision. METHODS 37 elderly (mean age 73 +/- 6 years) community-dwellers were included in this study. All were tested(More)
The aim of the present study was to determine whether force plate variables in single- and dual-task situations are able to predict the risk of multiple falls in a community-dwelling elderly population. Two hundred and seventy elderly persons (225 females, 45 males; age, 73+/-7 years) performed balance assessment with and without vision. Seven force plate(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the effect of calcium/vitamin D supplements with a combination of calcium/vitamin D supplements and exercise/protein on risk of falling and postural balance. DESIGN Randomized clinical trial. SETTING University hospital physiotherapy department. SUBJECTS Twenty-four independently living elderly females aged 65 years and older with(More)
INTRODUCTION Pectoralis minor (PM) shortness is believed to promote faulty shoulder mechanics including reduced scapular posterior tilt. A pectoralis minor length (PML) test that measures the acromion-table distance with and without manual pressure on the coracoid process is supposed to examine the passive mechanical properties of the PM. A threshold for(More)
BACKGROUND Decreased scapulothoracic motion has been associated with various pathologies of the shoulder. Reliable and simple assessment methods of scapular mobility are, however lacking. The aim of this study was to evaluate the interrater reliability of four clinical tests to assess scapulothoracic motion in patients with a slightly restricted shoulder(More)
OBJECTIVE The Lysholm score and the Tegner activity scale are widely used for assessing knee function and activity level after knee ligament injuries. This study aimed to asses validity and reliability of the German versions of the Lysholm score (Lysholm-G) and the Tegner activity scale (Tegner-G) in patients after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of his study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Expanded Timed Get-up-and-Go (ETGUG) test in patients with bilateral vestibular loss (BVL). METHODS 21 BVL patients (58 ± 14 years) were recruited and measured twice by two raters. After a one hour break ETGUG was repeated by the first rater. 21 age matched controls (CON;(More)
The purpose of this prospective cohort study was to determine whether the maximal width of the base of support (BSW) measure is able to predict the risk of multiple falls in community-dwelling women. Thirty-eight community-dwelling women (mean age of 72 ± 8 years old) participated. Falls were prospectively recorded during the following year. Overall, 29(More)
Background: Performance of additional tasks disturbs postural control in elderly. It is unknown, however, how postural control is affected in elderly fallers and non-fallers in a reduced sensory situation. Objective: To compare differences between single and dual tasking in three test conditions; (1) no-vision, (2) under reduced somatosensory information(More)