Impact of backward treadmill training on balance in children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis: A randomized controlled study.
Background: Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) is one of the most common chronic rheumatologic
diseases in children under 16 years of age, causing repeated falls due to decrease in joint development
and impairment of balance control.
Objective: To investigate the effect of additional backward walking training on postural control in
children with polyarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (pJRA).
Materials and methods: Thirty children with pJRA (18 girls and 12 boys) were assigned randomly into
two equal groups (control and study). Both group received selected physical therapy program for three
months. Study group additionally received backward walking training which was provided 20 min/d, 3
d/w for 3 successive months. They were assessed and treated at the Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo
University. Biodex balance system was used to measure overall, anteroposterior, and mediolateral
stability indices and Berg's balance scale were used to assess balance performance before and after
Results: There was significant improvement in all measured variables of the control and study groups
after treatment. However, significant improvement was marked in the study group when comparing the
post-treatment mean values of this group with the control group.
Conclusions: Backward treadmill training can be used as an adjuvant therapeutic modality to improve
balance in children with JRA.
hamada Ahmed Hamada
Ayman Hussein El Khatib
Biomedical Research,ISSN: ISSN 0970-938X, Volume: 28, Issue: 17, Pages Range: 7703-7708