• Hip Muscle Strengthening for Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review of Literature

    2 monthes ago - By LWW

    Background and Purpose:
    Osteoarthritis of the knee joint results in chronic pain and functional decline among older adults. Hip muscle weakness has been observed in persons with knee OA and is claimed to increase the medial compartment loading on the knee joint. Although individual studies are available, no review has yet integrated the literature on the benefits of hip muscle strengthening for persons with knee OA. This review aims to systematically summarize the current evidence on the effectiveness of hip muscle strengthening on knee pain, lower extremity function, and biomechanical...
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  • Characteristics of Older Adults Who Are Unable to Perform a Floor Transfer: Considerations for Clinical Decision-Making

    Characteristics of Older Adults Who Are Unable to Perform a Floor Transfer: Considerations for Clinical Decision-Making

    2 monthes ago - By LWW

    Background and Purpose:
    The ability to get down to and up from the floor or to perform a floor transfer is a vital and useful skill for older adults at risk of falling. Little is known about the health-related factors that separate older adults who can perform FT independently from those who cannot. Therefore, the specific aims of this cross-sectional study are to (1) describe and compare health-related factors among older adults who were independent, assisted, or dependent in FT performance; and (2) establish the parallel reliability between self-reported and actual performance of...
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  • Medication Status and Gait Mechanics in Older Adults: A Multivariate Analysis

    Medication Status and Gait Mechanics in Older Adults: A Multivariate Analysis

    2 monthes ago - By LWW

    Background and Purpose:
    Falls are the leading cause of unintentional deaths in older adults, with nearly one-third of adults older than 65 years falling annually. Previous work reveals that both medication status and gait changes are contributing factors to falls in older adults; however, it is unknown how these factors interact. Thus, the purpose of this investigation was to examine differences between gait biomechanics as a function of medication status in individuals older than 60 years with a self-reported history of falling. It was hypothesized that differences in gait mechanics would...
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