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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 94-97

Correlation of lumbar core strength with functional mobility in community-dwelling elderly adults

Department of Physiotherapy, Sancheti Institute College of Physiotherapy, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Danielle Malcolm DSouza
Sarla Garden, Vakola, Santacruz East, Mumbai - 400 055, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijptr.ijptr_35_21

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Context: Aging results in changes in individual cells and organs of the body which consequently result in changes in function and appearance. These changes imply a negative influence on functional performance interfering with activities of daily living. The core muscles form an important mechanical linkage providing proximal stability and distal mobility. With age, due to fat infiltration, the core muscle strength is found to decrease. Aims: The study aimed to find if a correlation exists between core muscle strength and functional mobility in community-dwelling elderly individuals. Settings and Design: The study was an analytical cross-sectional study conducted in an urban setup in Pune. Subjects and Methods: A total of 103 community-dwelling elderly individuals were assessed for lumbar core strength using the Supine test of Pressure biofeedback and functional mobility using the timed up and go (TUG) test as well as the functional reach test (FRT). Statistical Analysis Used: Spearman correlation test was used in this study. Results: The study showed a significant correlation between core strength and TUG test as well as with the FRT scores (r[TUG] = −0.75, r[FRT] = 0.72). Conclusions: Individuals with a stronger core require lesser duration to complete the TUG test, and can reach a greater distance in the FRT.

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