AIM: The purpose of this study is to identify characteristics of falling in patients with peripheral neuropathy
METHODS: 31 (mean age 47.00 ± 19.47 years ) cases with neuropathy were included in the study. Superficial and deep sensation in lower exremities ,foot dorsi flexion, knee extension and flexion of hip muscle strength (0-5) were evaluated. Patients were asked to report the falling activity, the number of falls, cause of falling, the shape of falling, fear of falling and type of injury caused by falls in the last 6 months.
RESULTS: Duration of disease 09.37 ± 09.64 years. The cases of muscle strength 51.9%/57.8% at the left/right foot dorsiflexion, 7.6%/8% knee extension, 7.7%/8%, hip flexion value of the 3 under was found. The cases of 32%/ 28% 's of the left/right loss sensation of pressure under the sole. 50% cases of the style of socks hypoesthesia was found. 71% of the cases reported falling, 38% fell more than 3, 63% have a fear of falling, 46.7% was occurred by foot insertion, 57.7 % cases for a fall during a walking activity.
CONCLUSIONS: Understanding the properties of falling in patients with peripheral neuropathy will guide physiotherapists in the practice of neurological rehabilitation for practice and therapatic purposes
peripheral neuropathy, falls,physiotherapy