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The Effect of 12-weeks Aquatic Exercise on Dynamic Balance and Pain Factors in Elderly Osteoarthritis Patients
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The Effect of 12-weeks Aquatic Exercise on Dynamic Balance and Pain Factors in Elderly Osteoarthritis Patients
Im, Sun-Young; Eo, Su-Ju; Kim, Song-June; Hur, Sung-Hoon; An, Kyung-Jun; Lee, Jang-Kyu; Lee, Jong-Sam;
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This study evaluated the dynamic balance and pain after 12 weeks aquatic exercise in old osteoarthritis patients. The dynamic balances were assessed using 2 different experimental conditions (Open Eye Condition; OEC, Closed Eye Condition; CEC). Twenty-two subjects were assigned one of the two experimental groups: arthritis group (ART, age=, n=11), control group(CON, age=, n=11). All subjects participated in the aquatic exercise program three times a week for 12 weeks. The dynamic balances (OEC (p<.001), CEC (p<.05)) capability were improved significantly in the ART group after 12 week aquatic exercise. Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) was decreased significantly [Factor 10(Soft chair, p<0.01), 11 (Lying down, p<0.05), 12(Handicap, p<0.05), 13 (Work interference, p<0.01)] in the ART group. In conclusion, aquatic exercise was effective in improving the overall health status and the capacity of dynamic balances and reducing the degree of pain in osteoarthritis patients.
Aquatic Exercise;Dynamic Balance;Osteoarthritis;Pain;
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