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APPLICATION OF COORDINATIVE LOCOMOTOR TRAINING IN PATIENTS WITH OSTEOARTHRITIS OF THE KNEE

Introduction: Osteoarthritis of the knee occurs as a consequence of degenerative changes in the artichoto cartilage. In the conservative treatment of osteoarthritis, physical procedures and different forms of exercise are used. Coordinative Locomotor Training concept is a newer way of treatment based on muscle synergy and motor control throughout the body simultaneously.The objective of this study was to compare the effectiveness of two different approaches of two weeks treatment to the ability of the postural balance in subjects with osteoarthritis of the knee. Methods and measurements: With the randomisation, the subjects were divided into two groups. Interventional group N = 13 conducted physical procedures with the application of the Coordinative Locomotor Training concept and the second, control group, N = 14, which carried out the same physical procedures with the application of standard isometric and isotonotic exercises. The measurement of postural equilibrium was carried out on the Stabilometric platform ALFA (2.0/2013), and a stabilometric test (Romberg with open eyes) and dynamic tests (trails and striker) were used. Results: The results of two-factor ANOVE for repeated measurements with static and dynamic tests showed that between the two observed groups there was no statistically significant difference in the magnitude of changes in the equilibrium balance before and after treatment. Conclusion: Despite the fact that respondents who performed the Coordinative Locomotor Training concept did not show statistically greater advances in the magnitude of changes in the ability of static and dynamic balance, it does not constitute an obstacle for future use of the Coordinative Locomotor Training concept in the treatment of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.

NENAD PETRC
Thalassotherapia Opatija
Croatia

Mirela Vučković
Ortopedska bolnica Lovran
Croatia

Danijela Panić
Medicinska škola Pula
Croatia

 


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