ASSESSMENT OF BALANCE AND FALL RISK OF PATIENTS AFTER ISCHEMIC STROKE TREATED IN THE DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION IN THE HOSPITAL OF THE MSWIA IN RZESZÓW
Observation show that people after stroke suffer from significant balance disorder that directly affect the quality of walking, which translates into limitations in everyday life but also increases fall risk. Falls are one of the most common medical complications during hospitalization. According to statistics, almost half of the falls leads to injury, among them heavier injuries that account for 10–15 %.
Goal: Assessment of balance disorders and analysis of fall risk in patients after ischemic stroke in relation to the time from the onset of stroke. The relationship between risk of falling, age, sex, Barthel scale, BMI index, felt anxiety of falling was also assessed.
Conclusions: Patients after cerebral stroke are characterized by serious balance problems, affecting the high fall risk. There is increased risk of falling regardless of stage of the disease. Balance capabilities directly affect everyday activities.
Keywords: stroke, balance disorders, fall risk.
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