M Khaldi, R Natheer and K Darawil
King Fahad Specialist Hospital, Saudi Arabia
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Int J Phys Med Rehabil
Introduction: Locomotion problem is one of the major disabling sequels of stroke. But the literature about this complication from
our part of the world is very scarce. The aim of this work is to understand how common locomotion and balance problems in stroke
are, and to determine their impact on our rehabilitation service.
Aim: To determine the prevalence of locomotion problems with emphasis on balance to identify stroke types, risk factors, and to determine how this may influence the length of stay, and outcome of stroke.
Methods: A retrospective study of stroke patients admitted over one year. Stroke data, demographics, nature of locomotion problems, and data on length of stay were collected. We compared patients with and without locomotion problems to assess for any further factors.
Results: The number of patients with locomotion problems was recorded. Stroke complexity in a tertiary rehabilitation centre from the Middle East was examined, and the impact of impairment in locomotion and balance on total length of stay will be presented.
Discussion: Our patients showed different types of limitations in mobility. The complexity of Stroke in our tertiary centre adds to the challenge of their rehabilitation. So, the rehabilitation program ought to be much more tailored to the specific needs of these patients.
Conclusion: Locomotion problems may have an influence on functional recovery and length of stay in stroke patients. Early commencing the assessment could have a positive impact. Our findings form the foundation to studies for clinicians working in similar rehabilitation centers for stroke.
M Khaldi is currently employed as a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapist at King Fahad Specialist Hospital in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. He worked as a Physiotherapist from 2013-2015 at Saad Specialist Hospital Alkhobar, Saudi Arabia.
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