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  Investigation of the Relationship Between Trunk Motor Control and Balance, Functional Mobility, and Gait Capacity in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis [Turk J Neurol]
Turk J Neurol. 2021; 27(3): 283-288 | DOI: 10.4274/tnd.2021.41017  

Investigation of the Relationship Between Trunk Motor Control and Balance, Functional Mobility, and Gait Capacity in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

Nezehat Özgül Ünlüer1, Taşkın Özkan1, Mustafa Ertuğrul Yaşa2, Yasemin Ateş1, Ömer Anlar3
1Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University, Faculty of Health Science, Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Ankara, Turkey
2University of Health Science Faculty of Health Science, Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Ankara, Turkey
3Enerji Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Center, Ankara, Turkey

Objective: The functions of the trunk are critical for balance, functional mobility, and gait capacity. Trunk impairment, balance, functional mobility, and gait capacity are affected in patients with multiple sclerosis (PwMS). This study examines the relationship between trunk motor control and balance, functional mobility, and gait capacity in PwMS with mild to moderate disability.
Materials and Methods: The study was conducted in 54 PwMS with an age range of 18-65 years. The disability level was determined by the expanded disability status scale. Trunk motor control was assessed using the trunk impairment scale (TIS). Balance was measured with the Mini-BESTest and single-leg stance test. Functional mobility was measured with the timed up and go test (TUG). Gait capacity was measured with the two-minute walk test.
Results: The total points of the TIS were correlated with the Mini-BESTest, single-leg stance test (dominant and non-dominant), TUG, and two-minute walk test in PwMS (r=0.652/p<0.001, r=0.389 p=0.004, r=0.458 p<0.001, r=-0.534 p<0.001, r=0.471 p<0.001, respectively).
Conclusion: Our study demonstrated that trunk motor control was related to balance and functional mobility and gait capacity in PwMS with mild to moderate disability. These results suggest that a more detailed assessment of the trunk is essential to plan an effective rehabilitation program for the protection and development of balance, functional mobility, and gait capacity in PwMS with mild to moderate disability.

Keywords: Multiple sclerosis, trunk motor control, balance, functional mobility, gait capacity


Nezehat Özgül Ünlüer, Taşkın Özkan, Mustafa Ertuğrul Yaşa, Yasemin Ateş, Ömer Anlar. Investigation of the Relationship Between Trunk Motor Control and Balance, Functional Mobility, and Gait Capacity in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis. Turk J Neurol. 2021; 27(3): 283-288

Corresponding Author: Nezehat Özgül Ünlüer, Türkiye


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