The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of corset use on balance and muscle activation in stroke
Methods: Forty-four individuals were included this study, divided randomly in two seperate groups, corset group (n=23)
and without corset group (n=21). All patients received a physical therapy programme every workday for 2 weeks. The
corset group, in addition to physical therapy, used an elastic lomber corset from getting up till going back to sleep. Static
balance values of patients were measured with Tetrax Balance Systems (TBS), dynamic balance was measured with Berg
Balance Scale (BBS) and Functional Forward Reach Test (FRT) and Transversus abdominus muscle strength was assessed
with stabilizer device (Pressure Biofeedback Unit). The evaluations were made 3 times; before treatment, middle of
treatment, and 1 and 2 weeks after treatment.
Results: There was significant difference in favor of corset group for FRT, BBS and Tetrax WDI (Weight Distribution Index)
after 2 weeks usage of corset (p<0.05). There was no significant difference for Tetrax FHI, F7-F8 scores and stabilizer scores
between pretreatment, 1 week and 2 weeks after treatment (p>0.05).
Conclusion: We believe that short-term use of corsets in stroke patients may be added to the conventional physiotherapy
program in stroke rehabilitation because it does not restrict trunk movements, is a constant reminder for trunk muscles,
and increases awareness.