Tuesday, 5 February 2013

The effect of Nintendo(R) Wii(R) on balance in people with multiple sclerosis: a pilot randomized control study.

Multiple Sclerosis. 2013 Jan 15. [Epub ahead of print]

Brichetto G, Spallarossa P, de Carvalho ML, Battaglia MA.

Scientific Research Area, Italian Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (FISM), Genoa, Italy.

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Abstract
Improvement of sensory strategies is a relevant part of balance rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis (MS). This study aimed to Assess the effectiveness of visual-feedback exercises in improving balance in MS. We divided 36 patients into Wii and control-treated groups that underwent balance rehabilitation. Outcomes were obtained for Berg Balance Scale (BBS), Modified Fatigue Impact Scale, and sway area under conditions of opened and closed eyes. BBS showed a statistically significant improvement (from 49.6 to 54.6 points, p < 0.05) in the Wii group. Interactive visual-feedback exercises such as Wii could be more effective than the current standard protocol in improving balance disorders in MS.

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