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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1999;23(4):861-868.
Status of Using Lower Extremity Orthoses in Patients with Chronic Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Lee, Wo Kyeong , Shin, Kyoung Ho , Kim, Jung Tae , Ha, Tae Hyun , Park, Young Ok
1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Mokpo Jungang Hospital.
2Department of Physical Therapy, Daebul University.
3Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Korea Veterans Hospital.
만성 뇌졸중과 외상성 뇌손상 환자의 하지보조기 사용 실태
이우경1, 신경호, 김정태, 하태현, 박영옥
1대불대학교 부설 목포중앙병원 재활의학과 및 대불대학교 물리치료학과, 한국보훈병원 재활의학과
Abstract

Objective
Lower extremity orthoses are important in the rehabilitation of the patients with stroke and traumatic brain injury. But it is unknown how much they are used in the social activity after the discharge from the hospital. This study was carried out to investigate the status of using orthosis in social activity and complaints about orthosis.


Method
The questionnaires were given to 42 cases with stroke and 17 cases with traumatic brain injury.


Results
The user of lower extremity orthosis in social activity were 55.9%, and the causes of disuse were patient's poor condition, improved gait pattern, inappropriate design and defect of orthosis, and patient's refusal. The degree of satisfaction with orthosis for comfort, external appearance and weight were 79.3%, 86.2%, and 72.4%, respectively.


Conclusion
Physiatrists should give more attention in orthosis at follow-up of patients with stroke and traumatic brain injury and make efforts to improve function and external appearance of orthosis.

Key Words: Stroke, Traumatic brain injury, Lower extremity orthosis


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