Japanese Journal of Health Promotion and Physical Therapy
Online ISSN : 2187-3305
Print ISSN : 2186-3741
ISSN-L : 2186-3741
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Physical Functions of Different Types of Walking Aids for Older Females with Orthopedic Disorders
Comparing Independent Walk, Cane, and Walker/rollator Groups ­
Taishirou KamasakiHiroshi OtaoMizuki HachiyaSyouzou NakamuraSyouzou NakamuraYoshitaka Tetsuka
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2021 Volume 11 Issue 1 Pages 7-12

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[Purpose] To clarify physical functions that different types of walking aids for older people with orthopedic disorders. [Participants and Methods] A total of 230 older females (mean age: 83; range: 79-87) with orthopedic disorders were divided into 3 groups, independent walk, cane, and walker/rollator, to analyze distinguishing factors. [Results] Thirty-second chair stand (CS-30; cutoff: 11 times) and standing on one legwiththeeyes open (SOL-EO; 23 seconds) test results distinguished the independent walk and cane groups, whereas the hand grip strength (29.9 kg) distinguished the cane and walker/rollator groups. [Conclusion] The older adults who used a cane had decreased lower limb muscle strength and balance ability. In addition, the grip strength of the older adults who used a walker/ rollator was lower.

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