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Cadernos de Pós-Graduação em Distúrbios do Desenvolvimento

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CASTRO, Caio Roberto Aparecido de Paschoal et al. Report of falls in the adult neurological population and its importance in the aquatic physiotherapy sector. Cad. Pós-Grad. Distúrb. Desenvolv. [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.2, pp. 47-54. ISSN 1519-0307.

INTRODUCTION:The fall is defined as a non-intentional factor that leads the individual to a lower level than the starting position. People with neurological disorders have higher risk of falling than the normal population. One of the treatment modalities is aquatic therapy, but aquatic environment can increase the risk of falling. So we believe that knowing falling situations could be a preventive measure. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the history of falls in people with neurological disorders. METHOD: It is a prospective study which records from patients with brain injuries, amputations, spinal cord injury, neuromuscular disease and polio sequel were reviewed. Information as gender, age, preferred way of self-mobility, walking device and frequency of falls were extracted from records. RESULTS: Of the 142 charts evaluated, a lower number of falls were found in wheelchair patients or ambulatory patients with aid. The most used walking aid was the canadian crutch. Most individuals, divided by clinic, did not fall: AMP - 94,6%; DNM A - 60%; LEA - 89,5%; LM - 84,61%; SP - 46,16%. CONCLUSION: This study demonstrated the lower risk of falls in this ambolator patients with walking aid or wheelchair patients and the importance of checking risks before rehabilitation process.

Keywords : fall; nervous system diseases; hydrotherapy.

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