2012 Volume 1 Issue 2 Pages 89-92
Abstract: [Purpose] To examine the clinical significance of the values obtained using a system to measure the lower-limb and gluteal loading forces in a sitting position. [Subjects] Twenty-three females elderly requiring care or support (Long-Term Care Insurance Grade: Care 1 to Support 1;mean age:83.8±8.5;and mean weight:44.0±8.6 kg) were studied. [Methods] The correlation between the lower-limb and gluteal loading forces and physical functions (the ability to maintain an upright sitting posture, walking, and lower limb muscle strength) was examined by calculating Pearson's correlation coefficient. [Results] A significant positive correlation was observed between the lower-limb and gluteal loading forces and each physical function. The lower-limb loading force was also shown to be significantly correlated with the gluteal loading force. <Conclusion> This system may be useful not only for the evaluation of lower-limb function, but also for comprehensive physical assessment covering trunk function.