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Analysis of Postural Control in Sitting by Pressure Mapping in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury and Friedreich’s Ataxia: A Case Series Study

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SALBIS Research Group, Nursing and Physiotherapy Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad de León, 24401 León, Spain
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Faculty of Physical Therapy, Universidade de Vigo, 36156 Pontevedra, Spain
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Nursing and Physiotherapy Department, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad de León, 24401 León, Spain
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Sensors 2020, 20(22), 6488; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20226488
Received: 22 September 2020 / Revised: 9 November 2020 / Accepted: 11 November 2020 / Published: 13 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensor Techniques and Methods for Movement Analysis)
The postural control assessments in patients with neurological diseases lack reliability and sensitivity to small changes in patient functionality. The appearance of pressure mapping has allowed quantitative evaluation of postural control in sitting. This study was carried out to determine the evaluations in pressure mapping and verifying whether they are different between the three sample groups (multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and Friedreich’s ataxia), and to determine whether the variables extracted from the pressure mapping analysis are more sensitive than functional tests to evaluate the postural trunk control. A case series study was carried out in a sample of 10 adult patients with multiple sclerosis (n = 2), spinal cord injury (n = 4) and Friedreich’s ataxia (n = 4). The tests applied were: pressure mapping, seated Lateral Reach Test, seated Functional Reach Test, Berg Balance Scale, Posture and Postural Ability Scale, Function in Sitting Test, and Trunk Control Test. The participants with Friedreich’s ataxia showed a tendency to present a higher mean pressure on the seat of subject’s wheelchair compared to other groups. In parallel, users with spinal cord injury showed a tendency to present the highest values of maximum pressure and area of contact. People with different neurological pathologies and similar results in functional tests have very different results in the pressure mapping. Although it is not possible to establish a strong statistical correlation, the relationships between the pressure mapping variables and the functional tests seem to be numerous, especially in the multiple sclerosis group. View Full-Text
Keywords: neurology; pressure ulcer; posture; sitting position; diagnostic equipment; prevention & control; physical therapy specialty neurology; pressure ulcer; posture; sitting position; diagnostic equipment; prevention & control; physical therapy specialty
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Reguera-García, M.M.; Leirós-Rodríguez, R.; Álvarez-Barrio, L.; Alonso-Cortés Fradejas, B. Analysis of Postural Control in Sitting by Pressure Mapping in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury and Friedreich’s Ataxia: A Case Series Study. Sensors 2020, 20, 6488. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20226488

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Reguera-García MM, Leirós-Rodríguez R, Álvarez-Barrio L, Alonso-Cortés Fradejas B. Analysis of Postural Control in Sitting by Pressure Mapping in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury and Friedreich’s Ataxia: A Case Series Study. Sensors. 2020; 20(22):6488. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20226488

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Reguera-García, María M., Raquel Leirós-Rodríguez, Lorena Álvarez-Barrio, and Beatriz Alonso-Cortés Fradejas. 2020. "Analysis of Postural Control in Sitting by Pressure Mapping in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury and Friedreich’s Ataxia: A Case Series Study" Sensors 20, no. 22: 6488. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20226488

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